Today I got very annoyed by something on Facebook. It was about the MMR vaccine causing Autism.
Somebody was arguing that MMR vaccine causes Autism and that the Wakefield research was 100% reliable and true.
This very very much annoyed me.
I have had to go through a great amount of papers disproving any correlation between the MMR vaccine and Autism Spectrum Disorder. I have also had to go through the original Wakefield article and broken down all the different biases in it.
They were attacking ME for “believing everything I read in research papers”. This rather pissed me off as they were believing what the media and mass hysteria spewed out. There is a large amount of parents stopping their children from having a lifesaving vaccine because of media hype and there has been a Measles epidemic amongst school aged children in Wales. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-23168519) This would have been avoided had parents vaccinated their children against Measles Mumps and Rubella.
I wish it was mandatory for parents to read the research before deciding not to give their child a potentially life saving vaccine for fear that a disease that has absolutely no correlation with the MMR jab will affect their child.
Whilst it is perfectly normal for a parent to be concerned about their child and want the best for them and their welfare, I think it would be a good idea for parents to read through the research before deciding what is in their best interest. Ultimately, having the MMR vaccine is beneficial for children and IS in their best interest, no matter what the media tells you.
Sorry guys…rant over.