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    13 Things People Say About Vaccines That Are Totally Wrong

    It really is a matter of life and death.

    Vaccines save millions of lives every year.

    But outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases still happen all over the world.

    These diseases still kill children.

    There are outbreaks still going on all over the world that could have been prevented with vaccines.

    Five children died in one outbreak of whooping cough in the UK in 2012. By the end of the year, 14 babies under 3 months old had died.

    This year in California, three babies have already died of whooping cough.

    These are not isolated incidents.

    There are many reasons why parents choose not to vaccinate. But that decision is often based on misinformation.

    Here are some common myths and why they aren't true.

    1. "There's a link between the MMR vaccine and autism."

    The myth was started by Andrew Wakefield in 1998.

    Wakefield was struck off the medical register in 2010.

    2. "There are dangerous levels of mercury in vaccines."

    3. "Cases of vaccinated children getting ill show vaccines don't work."

    4. "Whether I choose to vaccinate my child makes no difference to anyone else."

    5. "The amount of aluminium in vaccines is harmful."

    6. "We can beat diseases with hygiene and sanitation alone."

    7. "There are side effects that doctors don't tell you about."

    8. "Too many vaccines overwhelm a baby's immune system."

    9. "Measles is not dangerous enough to bother with a vaccine."

    10. "Flu isn't dangerous."

    11. "Whooping cough isn't dangerous."

    12. "It's better for kids to be exposed to infection naturally."

    13. "Vaccines do more harm than good."