Vaccines and Autism…the Long Path Back

The 1998 article that started this all has been retracted.  Well, guess what…it’s going to take a long time for that to permeate the thinking of people across the country (world). 

A recent poll by Harris Interactive showed several things:

  1. 69% of those polled had heard the theory about them being linked BUT only 47% knew the Lancet article had been retracted.
  2. 18% of people think that vaccines cause autism
  3. 30% are unsure if they do
  4. 52% don’t believe they do

That 18% represents a lot of children who aren’t getting vaccines. 

USA Today had an article about this the other day.  They talked about the fact that 40% of parents have delayed or declined shots for their kids.  They point to 5 myths:

  1. Vaccines cause autism
  2. Too many vaccines overwhelm children’s immune systems
  3. It’s safe to “space out” vaccines
  4. Vaccines contain toxic chemicals
  5. Vaccine preventable diseases arent’ that dangerous

They go on to point out that there is more aluminum in breast milk (10 mg) and milk based formula (30 mg) than all the recommended vaccines combined (4 mg) based on total consumption in the first 6 months of life.

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