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Will the immunization give someone the very disease it’s supposed to prevent?
This is one of the most common concerns about vaccines. However, it’s impossible to get the disease from any vaccine made with dead (killed) bacteria or viruses or just part of the bact... read more
This is one of the most common concerns about vaccines. However, it’s impossible to get the disease from any vaccine made with dead (killed) bacteria or viruses or just part of the bacteria or virus.
Only those immunizations made from weakened live viruses — like the chickenpox (varicella) or measles mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine — could possibly make a child develop a mild form of the disease, but it’s almost always much less severe than the illness that occurs when someone is infected with the disease-causing virus itself. However, for kids with weakened immune systems, such as those being treated for cancer, these vaccines may cause problems.