At the same time that Jenny McCarthy is learning that people are attracted to people who vaccinate their children, Kristin Cavallari is being hailed as the next Jenny McCarthy for her public statements on how vaccines cause autism. Meanwhile, back here on planet Earth—where opinions never turn into facts, no matter how fervently we believe, no matter how personal the loss or the triumph—the growing number of parents who have chosen not to vaccinate their children is in part responsible for a resurgence in diseases long laid almost to rest.
It is very easy for us to forget how thoroughly modern medicine has changed our lives. We no longer have to fear for ourselves and our family as plague tears through the community. Infectious disease is no longer the main cause of death in America and Europe, as it once was. In large part we have to thank vaccination for this miraculous progress. So why do so many people continue feeling nervous about vaccines?
In 1998, Dr. Andrew Wakefield and 12 co-authors, published a falsified “study” which claimed to show a link between autism and the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine. Over a dozen studies since then have shown there is no link with vaccines and autism....more
Have you ever wondered why, exactly, vaccines are erroneously associated with autism? I'll tell you: In 1998, Dr. Andrew Wakefield held a press conference to announce that his research had revealed a possible link between the MMR vaccine and autism. He published his findings in the respected independent medical journal The Lancet, and spent the next few years promoting his vaccine-autism "concerns" through media outlets like the TV news magazine 60 Minutes....more
For all those new mommies out there, vaccines seem to be the big controversy. (See Jenny McCarthy.)
I understand why some women are becoming anti-vaccine activists. There
is a lot of un-evidence based information available on the internet. I
agree that vaccines should be "green" and not contain mercury. It has already been taken out of almost all