Viral Science Gone Viral: The Truth About Vaccines
February 16, 2010 · Posted in Autism, Infant Development, Parenting, Toddlerhood · Permalink

stickyantiboThere has been so much controversy and worry in the last ten years about vaccinating babies.  Much of the reason for this began with a 1998 paper in the reputable medical journal Lancet. The paper, by Dr. Andrew Wakefield, linked autism to the MMR vaccine.

That hypothesis, the rise in autism and the media’s amplification of both spread the link between vaccines and autism like wild fire. Cynicism about the pharmaceutical industry and our health care system was the gasoline on that fire.

Parents, frightened over their child’s well being, delayed or even refused to vaccinate their children. So here is some important news for parents. Lancet has recently issued a public retraction of this paper.  NPR reports, “…an official British medical investigation found Wakefield’s methods, quote, ‘dishonest and irresponsible.'” Imagine how many parents have unnecessarily worried and how many children were not vaccinated in the last ten years because of bad science.

Click on the link below to hear a clear, interesting and sound report from NPR’s Morning Edition on the state of vaccines today.

Vaccines’ Benefits Trump Concerns, Experts Say

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Comments

  1. Lola
    February 16th, 2010 | 9:57 pm

    Wow! That is a huge relief. I had been so scared to vaccinate but went ahead because I felt I couldn’t NOT vaccinate in good conscious. It is so scary now to be waiting and worrying about having an autistic child. There was a great movie on HBO about Temple Grandin, the famous autistic scientist. It gave me a real appreciation for people with autism and their parents who give so much!

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