The anti-vaxers and their science
Many people that are against vaccines have based on facts written in a particular article claiming that the mercury in vaccinations are linked and highly correlated to the autism spike. The UK physician Dr. Andrew Wakefield claimed and published a study claiming that the mercury in the Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine is what was causing autism. Here is a link to some of the original study.
Since then, the study has not been able to be repeated and the Dr. Wakefield was stripped of his medical license as well as discredited. This was not before there was a Measles epidemic that we are still recovering from. Even though the CDC, Department of Health and the Department of Pediatric Health and all countless creditable medical agencies have outright said that vaccines do not cause autism there has been an undeniable backlash to people immunizing their children. This may not seem like a big deal but really there are unintended consequences of this backlash.
Measles outbreak, deadly consequences
Since 2014 Measles have spread. This is bad news not just for those that get the measles but if you are immune compromised or a baby that has not been given it’s shots yet, it’s deadly. People that are undergoing any type of immunosuppressive treatment, such as; cancer, HIV patients, transplant patients and others who may be allergic to some of the vaccines cannot be immunized and therefore are not protected against the disease. If you spread the measles to them, it is not just them getting sick, it will kill them.
Some school systems are making it mandatory for their children to receive vaccines to go to school, I agree with this approach because it pushes parents to be responsible for their children. People can still opt out for medical or religious purposes which I propose is proper, but for those who just think it’s not a good idea I believe should NOT put others at risk.
Mom of an autistic son
I have a friend who has an autistic son. She daily struggles with having a son that is not like everybody else and has to undergo challenges most kids his age don’t struggle with. I have asked her how she feels about vaccines. She and I agree fully that not only is it the right thing to do for your child to vaccinate them but the responsible thing as a citizen to do. She has read the science behind and believes that vaccines do not cause autism, but even if they did the benefits outweigh the risk. However, the science is clear VACCINES DO NOT CAUSE AUTISM. I cannot be any more clear than that.
Please do the right thing and ensure you are vaccinated against diseases that can hurt others.