8 Myths About Vaccines That Led to a Measles Outbreak in the 21st Century

It may seem that measles is a thing of the past that has completely no connection to today. But since 2017, there have been serious pandemics in many countries around the world. Doctors say that these outbreaks have become possible because of the anti-vaccination propaganda that is only getting more popular.

Bright Side has looked into the arguments from the anti-vaccine movement and has proven that they are wrong from a scientific point of view. And at the end of the article, we have prepared a bonus proving that even the anti-vaccine movement can’t fight common sense.

Myth № 1. Nobody in my country has measles, so there is no need to get the vaccine.

This is a representation of healthy people meeting an infected person who has measles. According to statistics, 9 out of 10 people will get sick, and one of them will have complications.

This argument sometimes sounds a little different: we live in the 21st century and measles was supposed to have been eradicated back in the 20th or even in the 19th century. Of course, this is only partially true. Our diet has improved, so has our hygiene and the development of our medicine, along with vaccinations. But the mortality rate from some diseases had decreased even before the invention of vaccines.

8 Myths About Vaccines That Led to a Measles Outbreak in the 21st Century

All you have to do to understand the importance of vaccines is take a look at the statistics. In 1968, Great Britain started using the measles vaccine. Thanks to the vaccine, 20 million people avoided getting infected and 1500 people avoided death.

Even if there were no outbreaks in a certain country, how can you be sure that there will be no virus that accidentally travels there with a tourist? In this case, measles will spread almost instantly. And vice versa: when going on a trip, get a vaccine just to be safe.