August 2, 2020
August is Immunization Awareness Month
For years, medical experts, as well as public health officials, have been debunking countless myths about vaccine safety. Although studies have shown that vaccines cause no harm to people, some parents still refuse to have their kids vaccinated. As a result, immunization rates have fallen and resurgences of diseases supposedly deemed preventable through vaccination have caused the deaths of children.
Even though expressed fears about vaccinations have been proven to be baseless, “anti-vaxxers” are still out there expressing their doubts on the effectiveness and the safety of vaccines. They even question the motives of vaccine advocates.
To put the spotlight on the importance of immunization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) designated the month of August as National Immunization Awareness Month.
The 3 Biggest Misconceptions About Vaccinations
Vaccinations are the most effective ways to prevent potentially life-threatening diseases. The vaccines work to enhance the body’s natural immune response against disease-causing bacteria and viruses. Veteran Car Donations highlights the necessity of immunization by dispelling the three biggest misconceptions about it.
- Myth 1: Vaccines can cause autism.
The basis of this erroneous statement was an article written by a British surgeon named Andrew Wakefield and published in the medical journal The Lancet. The article suggested a link between measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism. However, The Lancet retracted the report years later after Wakefield’s claim was debunked. As a result, he lost his medical license due to ethical violations.
Although the causes of autism remain a mystery to this day, studies have shown that affected children have shown signs of autism even before they received their MMR vaccine. Furthermore, a more recent study proved that autism develops even before the birth of a baby afflicted with the disorder.
- Myth 2: Vaccines contain dangerous toxins that could harm your child.
The presence of small amounts of mercury, formaldehyde, and aluminum in the vaccines work to ensure that the vaccine is sterile, effective, and safe to administer. Although these components can be dangerous when used in large amounts, the trace amounts that are being used for vaccines are completely harmless.
- Myth 3: Vaccines can cause your child to get the disease that they’re trying to prevent.
Vaccines contain inactive viruses, making it impossible for them to cause diseases. The main reason why vaccines are also referred to as immunizations is that they enable the immune system of a person to come up with antibodies that protect them from life-threatening diseases. The protective antibodies are produced once the inactive viruses in the vaccines begin mimicking the diseases that they’re meant to prevent.
Give Back to Our Veterans Today!
It’s such a joy to give back to the brave men and women who fought for us, endured enormous sacrifices, and risked their lives to keep us safe and secure. You will know what we’re talking about when you donate your extra car or any other type of vehicle to us at Veteran Car Donations.
We’ll put your vehicle up for auction, with the proceeds going to our veteran-focused non-profit partners. These IRS-certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations use the funding that we provide them to deliver quality health care, financial aid, housing assistance, employment opportunities, family support, educational scholarships, psychotherapy services, and many other benefits.
You will also reap rewards from your charitable contribution. You’ll get to benefit our free towing service wherever you’re making your donation since we operate in all 50 states. You’ll also enjoy our quick and convenient donation process where you don’t have to do any paperwork. On top of that, you’ll have the privilege of receiving a maximized tax deduction in the next tax season.
We take in nearly all vehicle types, including those that no longer seem roadworthy anymore.
Show Our Heroes They’ve Not Been Forgotten
Show the struggling heroes in your area that their fellow Americans have not forgotten them. Help us uplift their lives with your car donation. Call Veteran Car Donations at 877-594-5822 or fill out our online donation form now!