Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a link between autism and vaccines?
No. Research has proven that there is no link between autism and vaccines. Vaccines and the ingredients found in vaccines do not cause autism. The Institute of Medicine released a report in 2011 showing that eight common vaccines (including MMR, meningococcal, HPV, and hepatitis B) are safe and effective and do not cause autism. CDC provides additional information on their website, as does the Autism Science Foundation.
Can I get a disease even if I’ve been vaccinated?
According to CDC, it is rare, but it could happen. Sometimes, giving an additional dose can increase immunity. Some vaccines require booster injections, such as tetanus. There may also be times that someone is exposed to a disease before they are able to be vaccinated against it; this often happens with the flu, which is why it seems like the vaccine causes the flu in people (which it does not).
I am not able to afford these vaccines. Are there other options?
If you have health insurance, most vaccines should be free since they are considered preventive health care. Health departments or other publicly funded clinics may offer free or reduced cost vaccines (CDC). In addition, the student health center at your institution may provide free or reduced cost vaccines.
Founded in 1973, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to educating the public and healthcare professionals about the burden, causes, prevention, and treatment of infectious diseases across the lifespan. Learn more at: www.nfid.org.