Since your very own CalicoJack is autistic, it is a subject near and dear to my heart. Here’s a very informative article from our good friends at Vox explaining why vaccines don’t cause autism and what really might! Anti-vaxxers are evil. They are evil evil people for condemning children to the horrors of communicable diseases in such a misguided and ineffective crusade. Evil.
Researchers have ditched the autism-vaccine theory. Here’s what they think actually causes it. – Vox
Of all the issues doctors have explored in children’s health, none has been more exhaustively researched than the question of whether vaccines are linked to autism. After hundreds and hundreds of studies in thousands of children, “We can say with almost as much certainty than anybody could ever say that vaccines don’t cause autism,” Mayo Clinic autism researcher Dr. Sunil Mehta told me.
And yet the fear that they do remains stubbornly persistent, as a current measles outbreak in Minnesota shows. The virus is spreading among unvaccinated children — in this case, Somali-Americans in Minneapolis, after anti-vaccine advocates targeted their parents with a misinformation campaign. Now 51 people, most of them children, are very, very ill.
Continue reading at Vox: Researchers have ditched the autism-vaccine theory. Here’s what they think actually causes it. – Vox
I have a stubborn relative who swears up and down that shots will harm her son. She even posts vaccines = autism bullshit on her facebook, and it annoys me. So, if it comes down to it, I wonder what she’ll do when her son ends up catching one of those childhood diseases that managed to die off but are coming back… hhm…
Most people don’t remember the horrors of communicable diseases like measles. And the timing of the onset of symptoms of autism is right around the time of the vaccines. It’s really convincing: right after the shot, my kid changed. It must be cause and effect. It’s terrible. But, people’s brains aren’t very adept at resisting those kinds of associations.
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