Do vaccines cause sterility? This is a common question on vaccine use. Aside from fears of vaccines causing sterility, it is also common for people to wonder if vaccines are a hidden or tricky way by which doctors give family planning to inspecting members of public.
Simple reasons why vaccines do not cause sterility
- There is nothing in vaccines that prevents future pregnancy.
- I am sure that many women in your community who were immunized as children or while pregnant later got pregnant and had babies.
- And of course, many men who were immunized as boys later became fathers.
- Immunization is a safe and effective way to reduce deaths from vaccine-preventable diseases and has been in use worldwide for many years. In these many years of use, vaccines have not be know to cause sterility or to act as birth control.
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I regret that you might not trust us, but please know that the recommendations we are making are made all over the world. While in Africa vaccine coverage is often limited, some countries are lucky to give even more vaccines to their children.
- I would like you to trust us because we have your child’s best interests at heart. But if you would like, please speak with a healthcare professional near you on the information you have read on our website.
- You should also know that here at Eastview Family Health, we make sure that our own children have all recommended vaccinations, so clearly, we are very confident in vaccinations.
While at the hospital, find out if a doctor, clinical officer or nurse is available to speak with you about vaccines. If not, you can make an appointment to speak to one later. You can also do some reading by yourself on vaccine safety. As you self study, keep in mind that there is a lot of false information about vaccination on the internet. Therefore, it is best for you to use only websites from reputable organizations such as the ones below.
- World Health Organization
- U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Visit Website ->
- Immunization Action Coalition. Visit Website->
- Other credible websites, especially in the national language(s), including the website of your country’s Ministry of Health. Here you are likely to find well-done national publications with solid information on immunization.
This information on vaccines for babies and children was sourced, then aggregated and edited by our team of health professionals. The key sources are:
- United Nations Children’s Fund, ‘IPC for Immunization Package’, UNICEF, New York, 2019.
Immunize.Org (IAC). (n.d.). Vaccine Information You Need From The Immunization Action Coalition. Vaccineinformation.Org. Retrieved June 30, 2022, from https://vaccineinformation.org/
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