Since 1992, Vaccines have saved the lives of 732,000 children and another 322 MILLION children have been spared from serious illness (CDC). However, preventable diseases have been on the rise thanks largely due to belief exemptions. To be clear, we are talking about the small 1.8% of Americans who have refused to vaccinate for nonmedical reasons.
Largely this increase is due to a myth spread by uninformed celebrities and irresponsible journalism. Very rarely can a specific myth be linked to a single person, but myth that autism is linked to vaccinations was created by (former) doctor Andrew Wakefield. Not only was his study fraudulent, but he was caught taking money in an obvious conflict of interest. His study was retracted, and he was found to have “repeatedly breached fundamental principles of research medicine” and barred from practicing medicine by Britain’s General Medical Council.
Why people choose to believe in con-artists even after they’ve been exposed – I’ll never understand.
Wylona, if you're going to be around after the pregnancy, it's important that you get your shots.
Vaccines are just a way for doctors to make money.
I think immunity is worth a small copay.
But what about autism-
How come the only doctor you believe is one that lied for money.