I just read a post on KevinMD’s blog by Matt Anderson, MD which totally resonated with me. It is titled: IF YOU THINK FAKE NEWS IS BAD FOR POLITICS, YOU SHOULD TRY BEING A PHYSICIAN.
Okay, I am so sick and tired of this untruth which has been promulgated like wild fire around the world for 2 decades. It has been debunked by multiple other studies and the paper who published the initial study in 1997 has since retracted it because, it turns out the physician who first published it falsified data. The association between MMR vaccines and Autism has since been COMPLETELY DISCREDITED due to serious procedural errors, undisclosed financial conflicts of interest, and ethical violations.
Andrew Wakefield, the British surgeon who published and initiate this farce has since been discredited and has lost his medical license. Turns out he is no longer a physician but decades later medical doctors are still undoing the harm that was done to the public health community. Check out this page on debunked myths about vaccines.
Meanwhile in Africa, 1 in 5 children do not have access to life saving vaccines (WHO). An estimated 3 million children under the age of five will die each year in Africa and most of those deaths could be prevented with vaccine administration.
The MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine is the particular vaccine erroneously linked to causing Autism. Now let’s compare and see what happens if your unvaccinated child gets Measles, Mumps or Rubella.
For some, this is unimaginable. but I grew up with family members who did not receive appropriate vaccines at birth who now have permanent brain damage due to inaccessibility to vaccines. I have seen firsthand what lack of vaccination can lead to and it is not pretty.
Measles: CDC Fact Sheet
-Lifelong brain damage
Mumps: CDC Fact Sheet
-Meningitis (infection of the covering of the brain and spinal cord)
-Deafness (temporary or permanent)
-Encephalitis (swelling of the brain)
-Orchitis (swelling of the testicles) in males who have reached puberty
-Oophoritis (swelling of the ovaries) and/or mastitis (swelling of the breasts) in females who have reached puberty
Rubella: CDC Fact Sheet
-Brain infections and bleeding problems. -Rubella is most dangerous for a pregnant woman’s unborn baby. As many as 85 out of 100 babies born to mothers who had rubella in the first 3 months of pregnancy will have a birth defect. Infection during pregnancy can cause miscarriage, or birth defects like deafness, blindness, intellectual disability, and heart defects.
Child with Measles.
In summary developing countries have 99 problems and fake news about vaccines and autism is not one of them!
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