This is something that most of us already knew. Vaccines are safe, effective, and do not cause autism.
Children should get vaccinated against preventable and potentially deadly diseases. Period.
That’s what a review of more than 20,000 scientific studies on childhood vaccines concludes this week. The review appears in the latest edition of the medical journal Pediatrics.
The evidence strongly suggests that side effects from vaccines are incredibly rare, the study authors said. They found no ties between vaccines and the rising number of children with autism, as a small but vocal group of anti-vaccine activists, including actors Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carey, have said.
Upworthy actually has some neat graphics about the harm ex-Dr. Wakefield has done. Andrew Wakefield was responsible for the terrible study where he extrapolated that the MMR vaccine caused autism. The study was not only retracted but Wakefield was found to have some serious ethical shortcomings, promoted misinformation and was eventually struck off the list of medically licensed doctors. He’s no maverick hero, he’s a failure – something proved over and over again.
Will yet another study that shows vaccines are safe help reduce the misinformation and harm done in society by those that believe otherwise? Maybe. It might get a few more parents off the bandwagon and those who are concerned might finally decide that the anti-vax activism is nonsense. Doctors can use this piece as additional evidence to support the approved vaccination schedule. But there are tons who will not be convinced. They will never be convinced because they don’t rely on science and reason to inform their decisions. They just believe it because it sounds right to them. And they are ignorant about the topic.
I try to respect people’s personal beliefs. But this one, in particular, not only hurts children and other disadvantaged individuals but it hurts society. It’s stupid and selfish to be anti-vaccination. It’s high time that anti-vaxxers be ridiculed (Yes, call their position stupid and dangerous right to their face) for this harmful belief. Perhaps only when the anti-vax stance becomes disadventageous to subscribe to in public will it fall out of favor. Like spanking or smoking, these things are frowned upon and come with social costs. I say it’s past time for anti-vaxxers to be seen as persona non grata. It’s worked with the AVN in Australia who are no longer contacted by the media. And actress Jenny McCarthy’s anti-vax views have dogged her and arguably hurt her career. Wakefield’s medical career and reputation was destroyed. When your actions lead to sick kids and a less safe society, you deserve scorn.