The movement against vaccination originated at the end of the last century, and even now, finds its advocates in different countries. The main argument of its supporters is the inefficiency and insecurity of vaccines with the consequences potentially more dangerous than the infections, especially for infants.
Recently, anti-vaccine billboards were taken down in Toronto.
Anti-vaccination activists quote unverified data reprinted from one publication to another, without any research-based evidence. As a result, parents of children hesitate or refuse to vaccinate their children, which in turn increases the global risk of outbreaks of measles, rubella, and mumps, which are fraught with serious complications.
One of the key arguments of anti-vaccine advocates is the alleged link between vaccination and the development of autism in children at risk. These assumptions are mostly based on an article by Andrew Wakefield, published in 1998, who came to this conclusion after studying the cases of 12 autistic children.
Doctors around the world insist that there is no such connection. To confirm this, in 2013, scientists from Denmark conducted a study involving 657,461 children born between 1999 and 2010. Over 95% of participants were vaccinated against measles, mumps, and rubella.
The researchers documented the diagnoses of the autism spectrum, and the survey took into account various factors: the age of the parents, the weight at birth, the method of delivery, autism among relatives, etc.
The results showed that 6,517 children of the vaccinated participants were diagnosed with autism. These numbers allowed the researchers to conclude that the vaccine didn’t increase the risk of the disease and didn’t cause it to those who had not been at risk.
We hope that this irrefutable data will comfort parents who hesitate whether to vaccinate their children or not. Checkmate, anti-vaccinationists!
The higher the vaccination rate, the less likely the outbreak of a contagious and potentially lethal disease.
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