Vaccines have never caused autism.

If you find yourself asking “Should I have my child vaccinated against Measles, Mumps and Rubella?”

The answer is an almost definite “Yes.” 


This blog post is based off an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found here.


 

One of the most controversial debates of the current age is vaccines versus autism. The entire premise is an extreme circumstance. One stance is protecting themselves against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) which are very dangerous and lethal diseases, and the other stance claims to be preventing autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a mental condition that causes difficulty in communication and using language, overall lowering an individual’s quality of life.

Let’s go back and have a look at where this whole controversy started – a paper published in 1998. (Can be found by clicking -> here <-) First things first, this paper has been retracted. That should in itself prove that the anti-vaccinators are wrong – the foundation for their entire premise didn’t hold up. There were plenty of problems with this paper. The results were not based on statistics, they relied on peoples memory. Memory is an inconsistent and unreliable source to use. Their experimental method was not thorough, they used no control group (a neutral group to compare results to). The paper jumped to vague conclusion without statistically validation.

 

Even since this paper, no science has been able to indicate any sort of correlation between the MMR vaccine and ASD. The anti-vaccine party bases their arguments from social and economic aspects with a pre-existing assumption that vaccines cause autism. For example, a video published by the Canary Party titled “Do Vaccines Cause Autism?” illustrates how anti-vaccinators can be so ignorant to science.

Despite the title, there is absolutely no evidence, data, statistics or any sort of explanation regarding whether or not vaccines actually cause autism. Because they don’t.

Countless idiots people have made blog posts and social media rants stemming from this debate making wildly incorrect statements like “Vaccines caused my son’s autism”.

 10% of all car thieves are left handed and all polar bears are left handed. Therefore, if your car gets stolen, there is a 10% chance a polar bear took it.

This statement above is more logically sound than some of the arguments from anti-vaccination advocates.

If you’re still unconvinced, read this heartbreaking take on vaccines by Roald Dahl.
In his words:

It really is almost a crime to allow your child to go unimmunised.

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