The link between Autism and Vaccines debunked

Posted: January 6, 2011 in health
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The British Medical Journal today has come out to debunk the study done by Dr. Wakefield that is used as the primary article linking vaccines to autism.  Below is a link to a discussion of the article:

http://www.newsday.com/news/health/doctor-behind-autism-vaccine-link-study-accused-of-deliberate-fraud-1.2589266

The article was originally printed in the Lancet in 1998, last year the Lancet retracted the article, on top of that Dr. Wakefield has also had his medical license revoked in Britain.

http://www.examiner.com/autism-parenting-in-national/wakefield-loses-his-medical-licence-for-damning-vaccine-induced-autism

The biggest problem with this type of shoddy science is that it scares the hell out of parents.  The supposed link between the vaccines and autism is that the mercury contained within the preservative of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine.  That preservative however was phased out in 2001 and yet autism rates have still continued to increase.  Here is an example looking at the California Bay Area:

http://www.suite101.com/content/california-autism-rates-rising-a60782

The issue is that this fear of vaccination has caused parents to stop vaccinating children against the very dangerous diseases of measles, mumps and rubella.  The following link will give you an idea of what happens to children who aren’t vaccinated for measles:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1712354/

The problem is of course is that people no longer listen to the scientific community, especially when they have “experts” like Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carey telling them vaccines give their kids autism.  We don’t know what causes autism and the world is spending a lot of money trying to find out.  I get why people who have autistic children reach for this answer, being the parent of an autistic child is difficult by any standard and they are looking for hope.  But not vaccinating our children against communicable diseases, particularly when the vaccines no longer contain the chemical that supposedly causes autism is irresponsible, outbreaks will happen and children will die if we don’t vaccinate.

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