Vaccine myths: What’s the truth?

Posted at 7:01 AM, Jan 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-12 08:01:21-05

At this point in the pandemic, there have been over 22 million cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. And as you wait for more vaccines to become available to the general public, you may be asking yourself should I get vaccinated?

There are some insights on what you should know about these potential vaccines.

A recent poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation found about three-quarters of Americans would likely get it, but there are some having second thoughts because of misinformation.

One myth floating around is a vaccine will make you test positive. A COVID-19 vaccine will not make you test positive for a current COVID infection on a viral test.

However, you could test positive on some antibody tests if you develop an immune response.

Myth number two: I don’t need a vaccine if I’ve already had the virus. If you’ve already been sick, you can still benefit from a vaccine. This protects you both from getting sick again or becoming a carrier. And the last myth: herd immunity, or the idea of letting the virus infect as many people as it can until it runs out of people to infect, is better than vaccination.

An institute at the University of Washington says for herd immunity to be effective at least 13 million people will have to die globally of COVID-19 and one million in the U.S.

“So that’s important that people still be mindful of getting their vaccines,” stated Ketan Pandya, MD, FACEP, Emergency Department Medical Director, TEAMHealth.

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“Being a good citizen, wearing your mask, socially distancing yourself if you’re feeling sick or just avoiding large crowds, frequent hand-washing, all those things will continue to be important,” continued Dr. Pandya.

One of the most common myths is vaccines give you the virus. While vaccines do protect you, they do not infect you. The CDC says vaccines typically contain only a single protein of an inactivated or dead virus.

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