Some concerns about vaccine safety relate to how vaccines interact with the immune system (e.g., too many vaccines) or even how the immune system functions in different situations (e.g., natural infection versus immunization). While it is fair to consider these concerns, it is important to understand them in the context of how the immune system works.
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Reviewed by Paul A. Offit, MD, Lori Handy, MD, MSCE , Heather Monk Bodenstab, PharmD on April 08, 2019
- Natural infection versus immunization
- Is natural infection better than immunization?
- Are vaccines natural?
- Are nosodes viable alternatives to vaccination?
- Vaccines impact on the immune system
- Do vaccines overwhelm the immune system? (“Too many vaccines?”)
- Number of immunogenic proteins in vaccines
- Do vaccines weaken the immune system?
- Can sick children receive vaccines?
- Are children too young to receive vaccines?
- Can children manage so many vaccines?
- Vaccine viruses: Impact on other people’s immune systems
- Viral shedding after receipt of live viral vaccines