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Date:1/29/2013

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The low vaccination rates against these diseases is proof that many people don't understand basic facts about vaccines, he said. First, you can't get the disease from the vaccine. Also, there are myths that vaccinations can cause harm, he added.

"The reason to get a vaccine is herd immunity," Siegel said. Vaccinations not only protect the person who is vaccinated, but as more people are vaccinated it decreases the amount of circulating germs, he said.

Siegel said both smallpox and polio were eradicated by vaccinations.

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For more on adult vaccinations, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SOURCES: Marc Siegel, M.D., associate professor, medicine, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York City; Jan. 29, 2013, press conference with Howard Koh, M.D., assistant secretary for health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Carolyn Bridges, M.D., associate director for adult immunization, Immunization Services Division, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Jan. 29, 2013, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report


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