Maine CDC Warns of Misleading Flyer Regarding Vaccines


By Ramona du Houx

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) is warning Mainers of a flyer appearing to come from the federal Center for Disease Control. The flyer claims to outline a list of "known vaccine side effects" without providing references or citing any sources. Additionally, the website listed as is not an active website, nor is it supported by the federal CDC. The flyers are known to have been circulating through big box stores in Southern Maine. Be advised that these flyers were not issued or endorsed by the Maine CDC or federal CDC.

"Misleading flyers such as these are concerning &emdash; especially when that information pertains to something as important to public health as vaccines," said Maine CDC Director Dr. Bruce Bates. "I encourage anyone who comes across one of these flyers to disregard it."

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In the United States, vaccines are thoroughly tested and then continuously monitored to ensure ongoing safety. Immunizing yourself and your children will help protect you, them, and your community from contracting vaccine-preventable diseases.

It's incredably important to get your children vaccinated. In some cases, children without this protection can and do develope dangerous health conditions. Some lose thier lives. Call your doctor to find more about vaccines.

One just needs to look at Europe this year to realize how important it is to vaccinate. Eleven people have died and more than 30,000 have been infected this year in a major measles outbreak in Ukraine, the European country worst hit by the disease this year.The latest victim was a nine-year-old girl who died from complications Saturday after contracting the highly infectious disease, the health ministry said. Some 30,500 people, including 17,000 children, have been infected so this year. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a 95-percent vaccination rate to prevent mass hospitalisations and fatalities. But in Ukraine, just 42 percent of one-year-olds had been vaccinated as of end-2016, according to the United Nations children's agency UNICEF.

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