Deakin Communicating Science 2016

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WITH NO REAL EVIDENCE, WHY PEOPLE THINK THE MMR VACCINE IS LINKED TO AUTISM

In my first blog I didn’t really choose a respective side when it came to the MMR vaccine having a direct link to autism. After researching quite a bit, I now know what I will personally do to my children in the future.

Just last year in the largest ever study of its kind, researchers found out that the measles mumps rubella (MMR) vaccine did not increase the risk for any child having autism. In fact these vaccines are very safe and help save lives

The most popular question among the small advocacy groups is “How many ingredients have the scientist studied of the thirty five? Only ONE!” This is the only evidence that these small advocacy groups have linking the MMR vaccine directly to autism. This statement is fallacious and incorrect because there has been more than one ingredient tested and scientifically researched. The fundamental ingredients that have been examined are Aluminium, Thimerosal and Gelatine (a stabiliser) and it can be seen that there is no evidence of a link between these ingredients in vaccines and autism development. With regards to Aluminium the Chief of Infectious Diseases has states “Given the quantities of aluminium we are exposed to on a daily basis, the quantity of aluminium in vaccines is miniscule. Aluminium-containing vaccines have been used for decades and have been given to over one billion people without problem.” One vaccine ingredient that has been studied specifically is thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative used to prevent contamination of multidose vials of vaccines. Research shows that thimerosal does not cause Autism. In fact, a 2004 scientific review by the IOM concluded that “the evidence favours rejection of a causal relationship between thimerosal–containing vaccines and autism.”

 

This brings me to the point I made before, if we look at some of the most common studies cited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention denying the link between vaccines and autism like this one published in the (Journal of Paediatrics), something interesting comes to light . “The evidence is now convincing that the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine does not cause autism or any particular subtypes of autism spectrum disorder.” Dr Thompson also says “I want to be absolutely clear that I believe vaccines have saved and continue to save countless lives. I would never suggest that any parent avoid vaccinating children of any race. Vaccines prevent serious diseases, and the risks associated with their administration are vastly outweighed by their individual and societal benefits.”

So are you willing to believe these highly emotional and misinformed small advocacy groups or the doctors and scientists who we’ve come to know and trust?

References :

Dr. Mercola. (2015). The Case Against Aluminium in Vaccines. Available: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/03/31/aluminum-vaccines.aspx. Last accessed 3rd of April.

David Gorski. (2015). The return of J. B. Handley. Available: http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2015/01/14/the-return-of-j-b-handley/. Last accessed 3rd of April.

National Centre for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP). (2015).Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism. Available: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/concerns/autism.html. Last accessed 3rd of April.

Arjun Walia. (2015). “Pro-Vaccine” Congressman Delivers Bombshell On MMR Vaccine & Autism To U.S. Congress. Available: http://www.collective-evolution.com/2015/08/06/pro-vaccine-congressman-delivers-bombshell-on-mmr-vaccine-autism-to-u-s-congress-video/. Last accessed 3rd of April.

 

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