Unfortunately, there has been false information about these vaccines that is causing concerns for parents.
First, there is no impact on fertility. There has been no evidence of that in the millions of people who have gotten the vaccine thus far, and there is no biological reason why it would impact fertility.
Second, vaccines don’t cause brain damage, organ damage or any permanent medical problems to any measurable degree in children. With or without vaccines the risk of developing a rare medical disease is the same. Vaccines protect people from getting diseases that clearly do cause serious lasting damage and even death.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is one of those dangerous viruses that needs to be prevented with vaccines. Among children, the only rare side effect that has been seen with mRNA vaccines is something called myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle. It’s more common in boys and young men than girls – but it is by no means common. It’s incredibly rare – and almost always goes away on its own. Data shows you are more likely to get myocarditis after getting COVID-19 than getting the vaccine.
Some unvaccinated people fear side effects and allergic reactions. A recent study sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases found the risks of a serious allergic reaction is eight in 1 million. Experts agree, the potential for fever, chills and other minor side effects far outweigh the risk and discomfort of getting the disease.
The COVID-19 vaccines offer an amazing and safe way for all of us to return to a more normal daily life and protect the people we love and rely on.
As you make your holiday and travel plans – make getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and the flu part of that plan.
Together, we can collectively make a big impact and steer ourselves out of this pandemic into a more normal endemic with COVID-19 still around, but much more manageable, by getting vaccinated.