How many times do we have to say it? NO LINK between autism and vaccines

Study after study, data set after data set, conclusion after conclusion. There is NO correlation or causation. Vaccines do not cause autism. PERIOD. I mean, EXCLAMATION POINT!

This is one fact that you should shout at people. The idea that there is a link has been harmful to children and even deadly. Thanks Andrew Wakefield, Jenny McCarthy and Age of Autism, your misinformation has killed children.

University of Sydney study rules out link between vaccination and autism | News.com.au.

A review of available data from around the world has found that there is no link between vaccination and the development of autism or autism spectrum disorders.

The study examined seven sets of data involving more than 1.25 million children and concluded that there was no evidence to support a relationship between common vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough and the development of autism.

This study is news but the conclusion is not. It’s been known for a while. This is just another nail. We hate to keep harping on this but anti-vax sentiment is still prevalent and very dangerous.

JUST IN THE FIRST 4.5 months of 2014

216 cases of measles in the U.S.

464 people reported to have mumps.

4,838 cases of pertussis –  this represents a 24% increase compared with the same time period in 2013.

All preventable diseases with widespread vaccination uptake.

How the anti-vaccine movement is endangering lives.

Voices For Vaccines – parents speaking up for immunization.

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  5 comments for “How many times do we have to say it? NO LINK between autism and vaccines

  1. Chris Howard
    May 20, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Are people who don’t vaccinate their kids on the rise?

    I thought there had been sufficient backlash, and subsequent educational campaigns, to counter a lot of this stuff.

    Are we seeing more people not vaccinating, or just the diseases occurring in those kids who’s parents got swept up in the initial hysteria surrounding the issue?

    It was my impression that we were seeing an increase in vaccinations. Is that an incorrect assumption on my part?

  2. Peter Robinson
    May 21, 2014 at 3:43 AM

    Two issues:

    1. The anti-vax position has clearly become an article of faith amongst some people. As many of us know, once faith is involved, reason departs the stage. Perhaps the only answer is a continued drive for better science and history of science education in schools such that the nonsense is eventually swept away.

    2. While pharmaceutical companies continue to resist completely open and transparent publishing of trial data, the naysayers are bolstered in their belief system. The recent takeover furore in the U.K. concerning Astra Zeneca and Pfizer has highlighted that Pfizer has yet to sign up to the agreement to release all trial data. As skeptics we must place equal weight on this issue in order to fight from right.

    • Bill T.
      May 21, 2014 at 9:39 AM

      You mean “Blind Faith”, yes there is a difference, common usage ignores this fact.

      Could the fact that the real story doesn’t generate ratings for the media whores be a factor, hmmm?

  3. Chris Howard
    May 21, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Faith, as a religious article, is by definition “blind.”

    One has faith because they want to believe something that cannot be proved, or logically argued.

    The theological stance is “I believe because it is impossible/absurd” depending upon ones reading.

    We tend to play fast and loose with the definition, muddling up the definition, I think on purpose (specifically in this day and age).

    It’s like saying “I have faith that the sun will come up, and then set.” That’s not faith, that’s experience.

    So I think with some in the anti-vaccination camp it has become an article of faith. They’ve chosen to believe a thing, even after it has been shown to be false, and logically flawed.

    It’s no different than creationists who deny evolution, or global warming naysayers.

    • Rich
      May 28, 2014 at 6:32 AM

      Yes, I’ve been thinking about this recently, and I think you’re right. It’s the sealed system of belief and faith, which is the same whether you’re a religious fundamentalist or a conspiracy theorist. Things are right and true *because* you believe them to be. Contrary evidence is further evidence that you’re right. There’s also a belief in a Larger Controlling Force, whether it’s a god or nanobots in your air conditioning listening to your brainwaves, and a righteous comfort in having a revealed Truth, denied to others.

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