Can we finally put this autism-vaccine misinformation to rest?

This is not news to most people. The vaccine-autism link was never strong and has fallen away completely in the past several years. There is NO link between the two. But are the facts and evidence enough to finally bury this harmful health scare that prevented WAY too many parents around the world from vaccinating their kids against dangerous and potentially deadly diseases? We can only hope and keep passing on the correct information.

Number Of Early Childhood Vaccines Not Linked To Autism : Shots – Health News : NPR.

A large new government study should reassure parents who are afraid that kids are getting autism because they receive too many vaccines too early in life.

The study, by researchers at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, found no connection between the number of vaccines a child received and his or her risk of autism spectrum disorder. It also found that even though kids are getting more vaccines these days, those vaccines contain many fewer of the substances that provoke an immune response.

The study offers a response to vaccine skeptics who have suggested that getting too many vaccines on one day or in the first two years of life may lead to autism, says Frank DeStefano, director of the Immunization Safety Office of the CDC.

I’d like to think we have reached the peak of the vaccine-autism misinformation connection. But, since it got started with one person and around one shoddy bit of work, it could happen again.

If you do not know the entire story on Andrew Wakefield and the MMR vaccine-autism case, please take a bit and browse the work of the journalist who exposed him.

Andrew Wakefield – the investigation by Brian Deer.

Just a note: they misuse the idea of “skeptic” and “skepticism” in this piece based on the more common usage. I added a comment that pointed to the Media Guide to help clarify that.

See also: Vaccines Not Linked To Autism. Again. – Forbes.

Tip: David Wood

  5 comments for “Can we finally put this autism-vaccine misinformation to rest?

  1. Chris Howard
    March 29, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Sadly, I still think “Thou shall not vaccinate.” is going to end up being one of the “faith based” commandments of the New Age Conspirituality movement, as it evolves into a full-fledged religion, and begins to codify its beliefs.

  2. WMccreery
    March 29, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    The report came from the evil government. they will never accept it

  3. March 29, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    What’s disturbing is it is upscale, liberal, well educated people that are refusing to vaccinate.if you look at the rates demographically, the areas with high concentrations of those folks have the lowest compliance rates.

  4. One Eyed Jack
    March 29, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Bernie,

    …parents of exempt children were more likely than parents of vaccinated children both to have providers who offered complementary or alternative health care and to obtain information from the Internet and groups opposed to aspects of immunization. The most frequent reason for nonvaccination, stated by 69% of the parents, was concern that the vaccine might cause harm. http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/intersection/2009/05/08/who-doesnt-vaccinate/

    There is your link to more affluent families. Easier access to bad information.

  5. March 31, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    On one blog, shotofprevention, those who will not swayed by real evidence are bleating the standard responses. From the “possibility that some kids are genetically sensitive to vaccines” (but not the diseases?) to an all CAPS scream that it was not a vax versus unvax study.

    I disagree that all “upscale” people are well educated. They may have attended good schools, but it doesn’t mean they learned how to think. Also some seem to exhibit behaviors similar to a late relative of ours who had bipolar disorder. There is a former lawyer with a PhD in Spanish that claims a vaccine gave her chronic fatigue disorder, but writes Orac length but illogical posts repeating the same untruths that were patiently corrected to her many times. You cannot have cogent discourse with them, but you should politely point out the errors of logic and hope lurkers note the difference in behavior.

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