Vaccines

False claims, conspiracy theories and unreliable health advice are spreading fast as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. We have the fact checks to help

28 January 2020

The virus in this clinical study is not the coronavirus seen in China in 2019/2020

The study trialled a vaccine for Middle East respiratory syndrome, a different type of coronavirus.

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The virus in this clinical study is not the coronavirus seen in China in 2019/2020
27 January 2020

A patent for the coronavirus spreading in Wuhan was not applied for in 2015

Coronavirus is not one single virus: it’s a family of them.

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A patent for the coronavirus spreading in Wuhan was not applied for in 2015
31 October 2019

Image on flu jab ingredients is misleading

A local UKIP Facebook page has shared a misleading image about the flu vaccine.

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Image on flu jab ingredients is misleading
10 October 2019

You do not need to stay home for two weeks after getting the flu vaccine

Most flu injections in the UK are inactive and therefore cannot spread between people.

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You do not need to stay home for two weeks after getting the flu vaccine
29 August 2019

There’s no evidence that any current vaccines cause cancer

Vaccines go through a number of trial stages to check they don’t have dangerous side effects.

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There’s no evidence that any current vaccines cause cancer
20 August 2019

Being ‘measles free’ doesn’t mean there are no cases of measles

It means that the number of cases has been reduced to such a point it can’t circulate easily.

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Being ‘measles free’ doesn’t mean there are no cases of measles
8 August 2019

Autism prevalence is up but scientists have consistently found that vaccines don’t cause it

More diagnoses of autism disorders are being made but they are not associated with being vaccinated.

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Autism prevalence is up but scientists have consistently found that vaccines don’t cause it
4 July 2019

Most of these claims about glyphosate, vaccines and cancer are misleading

Cancer Research UK says there is some evidence people exposed to very high levels of glyphosate could have a slightly increased risk of certain types of cancer.

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Most of these claims about glyphosate, vaccines and cancer are misleading
6 June 2019

This post greatly exaggerates the risks of infection from people who have just been vaccinated

Those with compromised immune systems are at far higher risk of getting infected by unvaccinated people, than by coming into contact with recently vaccinated people.

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This post greatly exaggerates the risks of infection from people who have just been vaccinated
30 May 2019

This FOI about vaccines is real

The DWP confirmed that they had issued the information.

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This FOI about vaccines is real

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