Following an outbreak of measles in the Pacific Northwest, exemption policies for vaccinations will likely become even more of a “hot topic” in the political realm. However, that is a discussion for a different day. My hope is that encouraging immunization against easily preventable diseases would gain bipartisan support. Below are five easy ways to argue the importance of getting vaccinated when faced with some of the common arguments from anti-vaxxers.
MYTH #1: Vaccines cause autism.
A study done by British researchers, published in 1998, is where the myth that vaccines cause autism originated. Dr. Wakefield, who no longer has a medical license, suggested that a combined vaccine of MMR was directly correlated to the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders in children. This publication in the Lancet spread like wildfire and provides another reason why peer review is so important—especially for scientific journals. After Wakefield came to this conclusion, many other studies were done to disprove the point that vaccines cause autism. There is no evidence to suggest that vaccines are in any way linked to autism.