Even with the President and many, many others speaking up the last few days urging parents to vaccinate their children, there may still be parents – maybe even you – that are hesitating vaccinating their children for fear of autism. This has been a fear ever since a study came out years ago linking the MMR vaccine to autism – this study was debunked, retracted from the medical journal it had appeared and the lead researcher on this study lost his medical license. But the fear remained. And children have gone unvaccinated – which has led to an outbreak of measles—a disease that should no longer exist.
Even today, Autism Speaks came out with their position on the matter, saying, “Over the last two decades, extensive research has asked whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism. The results of this research are clear: Vaccines do not cause autism. We urge that all children be fully vaccinated.”
So to help address any concerns a parent on the fence might be having on the matter, CNN covered the top myths on vaccines vs. the truth. You can read the article in its entirety here, but here’s the summarized version:
Myth 1 – Vaccines cause autism.
Truth: The one study (mentioned above) that linked autism to the MMR vaccine was fully debunked. Thorough studies have since been conducted showing no link between autism and vaccines.
Myth 2 – They contain poisons (through mercury in the vaccines).
Truth: Studies have shown there is no connection between Thimerosal and autism/major side effects. However, the majority of children’s vaccinations no longer contain it.
Myth 3 – Doctors are profiting from them.
Truth: A 2009 study that is sourced actually claims that up to a third of doctors lose money when giving vaccines.
Myth 4 – They have too many antigens.
Truth: People are getting inoculated with less antigens than 30 years ago.
Myth 5 – The diseases they protect is from are extinct.
Truth: If you’ve seen the news, you’d know that’s not true. We had more than 600 cases of measles in 2014 and we’ve already seen more than 100 cases in January of this year.
Again, you can get the full article here.
Lynsey, Community Manager