February 23, 2015
According to an article found on the Natural News website, vaccines are one of the primary contributing factors related to increased rates of autism. (Adams, 2014) The article goes on to provide supporting quotes from various authors on the subject. Of those supporting quotes, some claim that a preservative called thimerosal found in vaccines, such as the flu shot, is the culprit. Another author’s method of persuasion was rhetoric in their comparison of the ‘dangerous’ vaccines to faulty tires. Despite the many claims that vaccines are to blame and the growing hysteria in parents against vaccines, there has been no hard evidence supplied to support these claims.
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Years later, there is still a substantial following of parents who believe that vaccines stand to do more harm than good in regards to their children’s health. Hearsay has been the enemy in this situation that fans the flames of these false claims. Everyone knows someone who has a child or knows a child who was diagnosed with autism after being vaccinated. Unfortunately, the stories that others share of others experiences is enough to persuade parents to give vaccinations a second thought or even decide against them entirely. However, these stories that are ripe with proof surrogates and repetition, are taking the place of research and informed decisions.
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) conducted a revised study, to include pregnant mothers as well as children, and the findings were as follows, “Exposure to ethylmercury from thimerosal-containing immunizations during pregnancy (prenatally), or as a young child, was not associated with any of the ASD outcomes.” (CDC, 2011) Undeterred by these findings, parents still make the choice not to vaccinate, believing that it is their personal decision. In conclusion, the decision may be personal in nature, but the possible effects of those choices is anything but that. By opting out of attaining vaccinations for their children, they are putting others at risk, which is anything but personal.
Adams, M. (2014). Vaccines cause autism:supporting evidence. Retrieved from http://www.naturalnews.com/027178_autism_vaccines.html#
Center for Disease Control & Prevention. (2011). Exposure to thimerosal from vaccines & immunoglobulins: vaccine safety. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/Concerns/Thimerosal/QA_Pediatrics-thimerosal- autism.html
Salahi, L. (2015). Report linking vaccine to autism 'fraudulent,' says british medical journal. Retrieved from http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Autism/link-vaccine-autism-link- fraud-british-medical-journal/story?id=12547823