Research proves vaccines are not linked to autism, so why do people oppose vaccinations?
Vaccinations are widely controversial in the United States, because people believe that vaccines can have major side effects. The main source of controversy against vaccination is the alleged link that it has with autism.
Autism is defined by WebMD as a developmental disability, characterized by problems in social interaction and communication. Barbara Loe Fisher, the president of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), claims that measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccinations cause a “regressive” form of autism.
The NVIC is a public charity group that advocates for anti-vaccination. According to its website, the goal of NVIC is to educate and “defend the informed consent ethic in medicine.”
What Fisher means by “regressive” is that vaccinations cause a normally developing child to deviate from his or her development in communications. However, there is no exact scientific research that proves that it is true.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is actually no link between vaccines and autism. CDC did a study in 2011 in which eight vaccines were given to adults and children. Except for some rare exceptions, the vaccines were found to be very safe. This study was backed up by a 2013 CDC study that looked at the number of antigens (substances in vaccines that cause the body’s immune system to produce antibodies) from vaccines during the first two years of life. The study showed that the amount of antigen from vaccines was the same between children with autism and those that did not have autism.
With the back up from scientific studies proving that vaccinations don’t cause autism, then why are so many people still against vaccinations? Here are some answers I found on Reddit that people posted regarding anti-vaccination:
Those are some examples from people who oppose vaccinations. Do you agree with what they said? Post your opinion below and share with us what you think!