Vaccination Misinformation

There has been a rise in unvaccinated children contracting diseases we as a species were well on the way to eradicating, and the diseases are spreading amongst not just the unvaccinated, but the children too young to be vaccinated.

A major contributor to the rise in disease and unvaccinated children harks back to a now-debunked study by British surgeon Andrew Wakefield linking vaccinations to autism, which began the anti-vaccination movement. While the information passed thrown around in the movement is debatable about having any validity at all, thanks to studies like the Danish study covering all children born between 1991 to 1998, which showed that there is no link between the MMR vaccine and autism, the parental fears of their children’s vaccines causing side effects like autism are understandable.

However, with there being no link between vaccines and autism, as well as the severe side effects usually being curable and only occurring once in every million or so patients, it truly is too rare to worry about. Do you think it’s understandable to want to protect your child from the unknown? Is it fair to your child to withhold vaccinations to diseases that will most likely kill them out of fear about rare side effects? That is up to you to decide.


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