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no 2 sides when it comes to kids’ health

No doubt, many of you who will watch this evening’s program, on the faulty link between vaccinations and autism, will be angry. Disgraced British researcher Andrew Wakefield published an explosive study in The Lancet leading many to believe certain vaccines could cause autism. You’ll think this program is biased and that we did not do our due diligence by getting Wakefield’s side of the story. But you would be wrong. There are no two sides to this story.

Sandra Gionas of The Agenda unequivocally explains how deceit and fraud mushroomed into kids going unvaccinated.

The vaccination “debate” drives me crazy. There’s no debate between fact and fraud.

The kids who go unvaccinated don’t get sick because other kids are vaccinated. But if the rate drops low enough, those diseases will resurge (and the prevalence rate has gone up already). And those diseases killed and debilitated many people in the days before vaccination. But the mythical connection between vaccination and autism has got so deeply rooted that it’s become part of normal discourse between parents. “Do you vaccinate?” is something I’ve been routinely asked.

This reminds me of creationism but that, at least, has only the potential of resulting in kids raised in ignorance, not becoming deaf, blind or brain damaged. Ignorance is rather more easily cured.



Lilian is the author of Web of Angels, a novel about a mom with DID (multiple personalities). She's also the author of the historical novels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire, about secrets, friendship and motherhood in 19th century Poland and London.

6 thoughts on “no 2 sides when it comes to kids’ health

  1. I’d like to see a class-action suit against Wakefield and the proponents (McCarthy comes to mind) of anti-vaccination. The damage they have done is no less harmful than those parents who pray their kids to death. And they are not just doing it to their own children, but to yours as well. That is not just ignorance and the right to one’s own opinion. That kind of child and social neglect is akin to child abuse and reckless endangerment.

  2. Wow, yes, this whole issue drives me INSANE. Switzerland actually has a high percentage of families who do not vaccinate, mainly because health care is so good here that it never becomes a huge issue, but last year there were several outbreaks of diseases that should be eradicated.

    It is interesting to me, on a less emotional level, how to go about dispelling this kind of myth in society once it has become pervasive. I hope someone somewhere is studying this and figuring out a method.

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