Anti-vaccination movement dangerous

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The anti-vaccine movement around the world is causing diseases once thought defeated, but today those diseases are again reclaiming victims. The anti-vaccine movement is dangerous.

One of the claims the anti-vaccine movement makes is that vaccines can cause autism, also known as ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder.)

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the movement started with Andrew Wakefield, a British doctor, who publihed a report in 1998 in a famous medical journal about his apparent discovery of the link between a common vaccine and ASD.

However, the publication made doctors skeptical of the evidence Wakefield presented.

Wakefield later admitted to falsifying the study for monetary gain, but his case study lived on in infamy and convinced people worldwide that the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine was dangerous to children.

No correlation between any vaccine and ASD has ever been established. The only reason they are often associated is because the diagnosis of ASD and the vaccine schedule both occur in early childhood.

The anti-vaccine movement is ignorant to this fact.

The movement is convinced the solution that almost eradicated preventable diseases is dangerous, but it has been scientifically proven safe in independent studies.

The movement uses scare tactics to pressure new parents into guiding the world into disease and ignorance.

Children unvaccinated for medical reasons were previously protected by vaccinated kids, a phenomenon called herd immunity. If the vaccinated kids don’t get diseases, the unvaccinated kid will be protected because the disease has no way of making its way to the unvaccinated kid.

However, with more kids being unvaccinated by choice, diseases can more easily spread to those with compromised immune systems.

The anti-vaccine movement puts anybody with a compromised immune system in danger and brings back diseases previously thought eradicated. They are dangerous to the entire world.

21kboyle@usd489.com

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