A new report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association confirmed, once again, that there is no link between the MMR vaccine and children developing autism. This new report is another in a string of research papers which debunk the dangerous myth that the MMR vaccine is linked to children developing autism.
The research is in Journal of the American Medical Association. (full open access)
Research: “Autism Occurrence by MMR Vaccine Status Among US Children With Older Siblings With and Without Autism” by Anjali Jain, MD; Jaclyn Marshall, MS; Ami Buikema, MPH; Tim Bancroft, PhD; Jonathan P. Kelly, MPP; and Craig J. Newschaffer, PhD in JAMA. Published online April 21 2015 doi:10.1001/jama.2015.3077
Image: The researchers were able to conclude that the MMR vaccine was NOT associated with any increased risk of children developing autism. Image credit: NIH.
I think my favorite thing anti-vaxxers say as to why they won’t vaccinate their kids is “my kid will be stronger if he gets exposed to it naturally and fights it off on his own!” like that isn’t literally exactly what vaccines do.
Because apparently some people don’t realize this: a vaccine is a weakened or dead version of the disease so your immune system gets used to fighting it off when the real thing arrives.
It makes me wonder: what do anti-vaxxers think vaccines are? Some magical steroid chemical for your immune system? Tiny nanobots that are injected to fight off the disease? Is that why my upper arm ached for a couple of days after getting the last shot in my Gardasil cycle: because it was training the Anti-Cervical-Cancer Robot Army?
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We’ve all heard the recent news that diseases like measles are making a comeback in some parts of the U.S. thanks to some parents decision to not vaccinate their kids (or to vaccinate them on a different schedule than what doctors recommend). Vaccine rates remain pretty high overall (although the U.S. is far from first place), but super-infectious diseases like measles only require a bit of complacency to rear their ugly viral heads.
Anyone needing further reminder of just how effective vaccines have been at saving lives need only look at this infographic by Leon Farrant:
As Seth Mnookin puts it, vaccines have become “victims of their own success."
What do I mean by that? Thankfully (Jonas Salk FTW!), almost no one in my generation knows anybody with polio, or any of a host of other horrible diseases. But I worry this has made their threats seem distant, giving us a sort of complacency or "generational amnesia” for things that are actually really freakin’ dangerous. In fact, my video features a story about scurvy, another forgotten disease, that rings disturbingly true today.
Vaccine fears are not new. They didn’t start with Jenny McCarthy or Andrew Wakefield or the completely fraudulent claims of vaccines causing autism. They actually go back to 1796 when Edward Jenner tested the first smallpox vaccine. But to refuse them, to deny their life-saving importance in this day and age, in a nation where science has allowed us to have a quality of life never before seen in the history of human civilization, that is the worst kind of privilege.
When we protect ourselves and our children with vaccines, we protect everyone around us. As Eula Biss says, vaccines are “based on people voluntarily using their bodies to protect other vulnerable people.” They are one of the most altruistic and friendly things we can do to aid our fellow humans. Let’s not forget that.
Me:*minding my own business, cleaning the crumbs out of the sandwich toasting oven*
Ignoramuses at Subway:*talking about how they'd never vaccinate their children, because, autism*
Me:Excuse me, but I couldn't help overhearing you talking about autism. I happen to be somewhat of an expert on the topic. I have Kanner's syndrome.
Me:You don't know the proper name for classic autism, but you've somehow solved the medical mystery of what causes it?
Me:Listen. Let's just say that we live in some parallel universe where the entire medical community is wrong and Jenny McCarthy is right. Okay? Let's just say there's any chance that autism and vaccines have anything to do with each other. So what you're telling me is that you'd rather go through the pain of losing a child to some totally preventable disease that no one's heard of since the Oregon Trail than have a child like me?
Me:Do you even understand that that's what you're saying about yourself and your priorities by being against vaccinations?
Me:Because, if you honestly feel that way, I hope to God you never have children.
A California bill that would allow students to opt out of mandatory school vaccinations only if they have a medical condition that justifies an exemption is one step closer to becoming law, though it still has a long way to go. The bill was introduced in the California Senate in response to a measles outbreak at Disneyland in late December that’s now linked to almost 150 infections.
Among several hundred supporters and protesters outside the Capitol building in Sacramento on Wednesday, the bill sparked a debate about individual rights and responsibilities.
“I take the decision not to vaccinate personally. I’ve tried to have empathy for the other side, I’ve tried to tell myself that it’s none of my business, but I can’t and it is. Someone who refuses to vaccinate their children because they’re afraid of autism has made the decision that people like me are the worst possible thing that can happen to their family, and they’re putting everyone at risk because of it. I’ve been told by some anti-vaxxers that they don’t mean my brand of autism; they mean non-verbal autism, or as they are so fond of calling it, “profound autism.” I’m not about to take any solace in the idea that they’re willing to make exceptions for autistic people who can perform as neurotypical, or at least pose as little annoyance to neurotypicals as possible. That just means that I will cease to be of any value to these people if I am no longer able to pass as one of them, and that they see no value and no humanity in anyone who communicates or behaves differently from them. Tell me again who has the empathy problem?”
I don't.. I just don't understand what people dislike about anti-vaxxers? It's their choice to get sick should they be exposed to it?
Because they’re not just exposing themselves, they’re putting other peoples’s lives at risk. Some incredibly vulnerable people cannot be vaccinated and if a person choose to be un-vaccinated, then continues to be in a public places (like schools or DISNEYLAND) while contaminated with a disease they might not be aware they’ve contracted yet, a person who cannot be vaccinated - like a CHILD, infants, elderly person, or other immune-compromised persons (LIKE KIDS WITH CANCER) could catch what they have and THEY COULD DIE!
Plus, most anti-vaxxers only hold that position because they think vaccines cause autism - WHICH THEY DON’T. The SINGLE doctor who said they did was stripped of his medical license because the information he put out concerning the link between vaccines and autism WAS FRAUDULENT. They are basing their position on one asshole doctor’s lies which have been completely decimated by better doctors and accurate science.
I think the Penn and Teller video puts it best and I strongly suggest you watch it if you don’t understand the concept of herd safety and vaccines.
But the short of it is, people who chose not to vaccinate are not making a choice just for themselves and their children, they are literally putting other people’s lives in danger BASED ON A LIE. And even IF, even IF it was true that vaccines cause autism (which it’s NOT), to say that you would rather your child potentially develop a deadly or debilitating disease (because that’s what polio and measles are - deadly or debilitating diseases), OR pass a deadly or debilitating disease on to SOMEONE ELSE’S child than have autism (which is not deadly and certainly a much more livable condition that BEING CRIPPLED BY POLIO) - is incredibly selfish and unbelievably stupid.
Anyway, that’s my last word on the subject. I have no tolerance for people who are so unfeeling as to not vaccinate. They are endangering their children and others unnecessarily. I can’t believe anyone would rather have a dead kid than one with autism.