A new bill is proposed to study autism and vaccines. Why? We know this answer. There is no correlation. It’s been done.
H. R. 1757
To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct or support a comprehensive study comparing total health outcomes, including risk of autism, in vaccinated populations in the United States with such outcomes in unvaccinated populations in the United States, and for other purposes.
I have more than one giant problem with this, the main one being who the hell does Posey think he is to dictate that a study be done (and done poorly if you read his recommendations about comparison populations) when this is not a question that needs to be answered. There are huge health problems that deserve study in the U.S. – a vaccine-autism link is NOT one of them.
There was more on vaccines that came out. This piece gave us some background on the growth of this misinformation and a previous version of this study bill.
[...] Dan Olmsted, a senior editor at United Press International, turned out a series called “Age of Autism,” for which he conducted an admittedly unscientific survey that found lower autism rates among ostensibly unvaccinated Amish communities (other studies found that vaccination rates are high in those communities). Few newspapers picked up Olmsted’s articles, but they got the attention of Representative Carolyn Maloney, a Democrat from New York. In March 2006, Maloney held a briefing at the National Press Club, where she cited Olmsted’s work as her motivation for drafting legislation that would compel the federal government to study autism rates in unvaccinated populations.
It didn’t fly then and it BY NO MEANS should fly now. I’m pretty fed up with politicians thinking they know more than learned persons in science – such extreme arrogance these days.
Let’s look at how the government did another number on vaccination rates.
In its zeal to identify bin Laden or his family, the CIA used a sham hepatitis B vaccination project to collect DNA in the neighborhood where he was hiding. The effort apparently failed, but the violation of trust threatens to set back global public health efforts by decades.
It is hard enough to distribute, for example, polio vaccines to children in desperately poor, politically unstable regions that are rife with 10-year-old rumors that the medicine is a Western plot to sterilize girls—false assertions that have long since been repudiated by the Nigerian religious leaders who first promoted them. Now along come numerous credible reports of a vaccination campaign that is part of a CIA plot—one the U.S. has not denied.
The deadly consequences have already begun.
What an epic fail. How stupid! We have a long route to take to overcome the gains lies, misinformation and unethical promotion of myth has made about immunization. A long way to go.
Tip: CFI’s Morning Heresy