Vaccines do not cause autism.
Not vaccinating can lead to death.
I've been moderately galled for a while now with the constant nonsense about vaccines being linked to, or rather outright causing, autism.
The doctor who trumpeted the link faked his research.
He admitted it.
He did it for money.
Now vaccines are out of favour with many. This has led to increased rates of whooping cough .
Now I am extremely galled as a young child died . This lie led to fear which led to people not taking a simple precaution that would save lives.
If you don't wish to be vaccinated that is your right. It's a free country, but understand this: there are consequences.
If you get sick and/or die because of your decision, that's fine. I don't care.
But when others get sick because of it, then as far as I'm concerned you've committed assault.
Why does this irritate me?
Because many people decide to forgo getting the shots for themselves or their children because some guy lied for money. His lie bred fear which is still being fed despite the fact it has no basis in reality. It'll be years before the anti-vaccination movement dies, if it ever does.
Negativity feeds on our emotions, and there's a great emotional pull to the idea that a shot causes autism. Fear is easy to believe.
The calm rational truth rarely has those kind of legs. There's no feeling accompanying it to hook on to.
Face it, this truth is dull.
Sadly, our only hope of getting the truth out that routine vaccinations are safe is to have more people get sick and/or die. It's horrible to contemplate, but without an emotional hook the truth will languish in a back room wondering when its turn will come to be heard.
Until then, all we have is the quiet, simple truth: vaccines do not cause autism and anyone who says so is perpetuating a lie.