Monkeypox outbreak triggers conspiracy theories on social media claiming that it was planned or incorrectly linking it to COVID-19 vaccines

Several countries in Europe, America, and Asia are notifying cases of monkeypox cases in people with no recent travel history to regions where the disease is endemic, that is, limited regions in Central and West Africa where the virus circulates. While the spread of the monkeypox virus in non-endemic countries is unusual and concerning, the cases detected so far are unlikely to cause a pandemic like SARS-CoV-2 did. The main reasons are that the number of cases is low, the virus doesn’t spread very easily, and smallpox vaccines also protect against monkeypox infection.

The current U.S. generation is healthier than previous ones partly because vaccines reduced infectious diseases; childhood immunization schedules are safe, contrary to chiropractor’s claims

Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to protect individuals and communities from potentially harmful diseases. Overwhelming scientific evidence shows that vaccines and their ingredients are safe. On the whole, evidence indicates that the current U.S. population is healthier than previous generations, with a longer life expectancy and higher infant survival rate. This is due in part to the elimination of vaccine-preventable diseases and the complications associated with these diseases.

Vaccines are safe and aren’t associated with autoimmune disease, contrary to claim in viral video by chiropractor Steven Baker

Autoimmune diseases are the result of a person’s immune system wrongly attacking the person’s own cells. Research has indicated genetics and environmental factors, such as certain viral infections like the flu, can make a person more likely to develop an autoimmune disease. Numerous studies examining a potential association between vaccination and autoimmune diseases didn’t find a higher incidence of autoimmune diseases in vaccinated people compared to unvaccinated people.

Pregnant women can decide whether to receive the COVID-19 vaccine; safety monitoring suggests that COVID-19 vaccines don’t pose any specific risk for pregnant women

COVID-19 vaccines authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration demonstrated a high level of safety and efficacy in clinical trials. However, limited data is available regarding the safety and efficacy of these vaccines in pregnant women because they were excluded from initial clinical trials. Available evidence from animal studies and ongoing vaccine safety monitoring suggests that COVID-19 vaccines don’t pose any specific risk for pregnant women. In contrast, pregnant women have an increased risk of suffering complications from COVID-19, which may affect pregnancy outcomes.

Overwhelming weight of scientific evidence demonstrates that vaccines are safe and effective, contrary to claims in video by chiropractor Steve Baker

Vaccines are considered one of the greatest medical achievements. They have eradicated smallpox and reduced global child mortality and long-lasting disabilities from vaccine-preventable diseases. Besides being effective in preventing the spread of contagious diseases, overwhelming evidence demonstrates that vaccines are also safe and do not increase the risk of developmental, neurological, or autoimmune conditions. Vaccines undergo extensive testing for safety and efficacy before license and are continuously monitored even after approval to identify any safety issue. Therefore, the proven benefits of vaccination far outweigh the potential risks.

The COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech is comprised of ingredients standard in many vaccines, including mRNA, lipids, sucrose, and salts

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is the first COVID-19 vaccine approved by health agencies in the U.K. and the U.S. The clinical trials proved that the vaccine is safe and efficient at preventing COVID-19 infection. The main ingredient is a messenger RNA that encodes the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, which is used to trigger an immune response. The other ingredients, including the lipids that allow the mRNA to enter human cells, are common in drug formulation.

Claim that the Amish are healthier because they opt out of all vaccines is incorrect

The Amish are a Christian Anabaptist group of Swiss-German ancestry who arrived in the U.S. in the 18th century. Today about 335,000 Amish people live in 31 U.S. states. The Amish religion does not restrict access to modern medical care and children are vaccinated to some degree. Independently of immunization status and lifestyle, the Amish population has less genetic variability, which may be protective against certain diseases while increasing susceptibility to others.

Vaccines do not cause mercury toxicity or autism, contrary to claim in London Real video

Vaccines do not cause autism or mercury toxicity. The amount of mercury that infants receive through their diet is more than twice the amount ever contained in vaccines. Scientific evidence shows that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) arises through a combination of genetics and environment. Twin studies demonstrate a strong heritable component to ASD, with heritability estimates ranging from about 30 to 90%. Many genes involved in ASD risk are associated with brain and neuronal development.