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Infectious Rumors! The Truth About Vaccines

Not sure what to think about vaccines? Watch "Infectious Rumors!", an audiovisual novela from the USC School of Pharmacy.

The novela tells the story of Alma and Kevin, a couple who just had their second child. Rumors spread quickly as friends and family offer their opinions on immunizing baby Aurora. Of course, it takes a whole new turn as the community gossips about the couple's imaginary break-up.

"Infectious Rumors!" will entertain you, while breaking down myths about vaccines, including clean needles, multiple vaccinations, and whether or not immunizations can cause autism.

Infectious Rumors! (English)


¡Rumores Infecciosos! (Spanish)


Frequently Asked Questions About Vaccines

Why are vaccines important?

Vaccines protect you against diseases that could be deadly, like the measles and whooping cough.

When you are vaccinated you protect yourself as well as others.

In addition, the use of vaccines has eliminated diseases such as smallpox. 

What are the side effects, if any, from vaccines?

Some people may have mild side effects including redness and swelling where the shot was given, as well as a mild fever.

If this occurs, it will usually go away within a few days. Do not hesitate to contact your health care provider if you have any questions or concerns. 

Why should I get a flu vaccine?

Flu viruses can weaken the immune system which can lead to severe problems like infection, pneumonia, and even progress to death. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone get their flu vaccine every year.

Are the needles used for vaccines clean?

Yes. After use on one person, the syringe and needle are disposed of and never re-used on anyone else.

How do I know which vaccines I need?

Depending on multiple factors like your age, health status, or even travel plans, your vaccine requirements may vary.

You should always consult with your health care provider for the most up-to-date information regarding vaccinations.

Where can I get vaccinated?

Vaccines are provided at many locations including physician's offices, clinics and pharmacies.

Can vaccines cause autism?

No. Scientific studies do not show a relationship between vaccines and autism. 

Where can I learn more about vaccines?

Refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information on vaccines.

You can also view our Vaccinate L.A. page for information about flu, pneumococcal and shingles vaccines.