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Fake News about Vaccine Doses for U.S. Children

Who is spreading the fake news about vaccine doses for U.S. children?

This Facebook post and billboard about vaccine doses is fake news. Can we get them taken down?
This Facebook post and billboard about vaccine doses is fake news. Can we get them taken down?

The usual suspects…

Fake News about Vaccine Doses for U.S. Children

You have likely seen the folks pushing the idea that kids get a lot more vaccines today than they used to in the “good old days,” right?

What did your generation do about vaccines and vaccine preventable diseases?
Some fixed these signs

It is somewhat true and it’s a good thing, as kids get more protection against more diseases!

How many vaccine doses do you count in this immunization schedule from the 1950s?
How many vaccine doses do you count in this immunization schedule from the 1950s? And yes, those vaccines had aluminum? And thimerosal

Still, these signs, articles, and billboards are very easy to debunk if you simply take a second to look at an old immunization schedule.

Is it 69 or 72? Anti-vax folks can't even agree on how to inflate the vaccine dose count...
Is it 69 or 72? These folks can’t even agree on how to inflate the vaccine dose count…

And understand that they are boosting the number vaccine doses by counting combination doses separately, something that for some reason they typically forget to do when talking about vaccines in 1960.

They also forget to mention that the benefit we get from the extra doses of vaccines kids get today, however you want to count them.

Hib and Prevnar alone prevent about 450 deaths in young children each year. Do you really want to go back to an immunization schedule from the 1980s?
Hib and Prevnar alone prevent about 450 deaths in young children each year. Does Bob Sears really want you to go back to an immunization schedule from the 1980s?

Whether it is the 1960s or 80s, fewer vaccines and vaccine doses at those times meant more diseases and more deaths from now vaccine preventable diseases.

Vaccines are safe, with few risks.

Propaganda and fake news about vaccines isn’t.

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