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The Vaccine / Autism Debate

Do you believe vaccines really cause Autism? 

C'mon get real people... The answer;
NO...no they don't, and it turns out the discussion started out with a big fat lie. 

Back in 1998 a bloke named Dr. Andrew Wakefield published a 'study' in The Lancet (a credible, peer reviewed medical journal) that 'found' a connection between autism and vaccines. This 'study' sparked a worldwide fear campaign about vaccinations and has been 'killing people' since its publication.

If you are interested in hearing more read on down below. Otherwise, i'll give you some quick facts and you can go on living your merry life, and know with confidence that having your children vaccinated may save their life and will NOT cause autism or any developmental delays.

The basics:
-Recent measles and whooping cough cases have been reported in CANBERRA!
-Vaccines currently save approximately 8 million lives per year!
-They significantly reduce disease around the world.
-There were 2.8 million measles related deaths in 1980, compared with around 73,000 in 2015 thanks to worldwide vaccination programs.
-Unfortunately, since the release of the article around 1 in 4 parents believe that certain vaccines can cause autism in a healthy child https://static.xx.fbcdn.net/images/emoji.php/v9/ted/2/16/1f644.png"); background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">🙄
-Since the release of the article some diseases such as whooping cough, have seen sharp increases in the number of reported cases.
-Unvaccinated children who contract a disease can infect more vulnerable people, including infants and individuals with immune deficiencies. 
-Herd immunity is the best way to keep the population safe, and the only way to eradicate disease.

First Aid?...
Measles - 
https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/…/conditionsand…/measles
https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/measles.html
Whooping cough - https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/…/condit…/whooping-cough
https://kidshealth.org/en/kids/whooping-cough.html…

Now, the juicy details of Wakefield's woeful study...

His work has been widely discredited, as it was discovered that the whole thing was fabricated https://static.xx.fbcdn.net/images/emoji.php/v9/tf3/2/16/1f925.png"); background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">🤥, and he has been struck off the UK medical register for unethical behaviour, misconduct and dishonesty. The paper made vague conclusions that were not statistically accurate at all, and there was no genuine study group involved... Instead he took a small 'select' group of parents MEMORIES of their child's vaccination experience. 

His paper claimed that 8 of the 12 children 'studied' showed either gastrointestinal or autism-like symptoms days after vaccination. But records instead show that only two of the children experienced these symptoms, and although the paper claimed all the children were "previously normal", at least two had developmental delays recorded before vaccination took place. The study claimed that 6 of the children ‘studied’ developed BOTH Autism and gastrointestinal symptoms, but records showed that in fact NONE the of them had any symptoms of both. It was completely falsified. It got much better than this, but I'm sure you are only reading this to get the basics... essentially, he at best, found some weak anomalies in a few individuals, dramatically exaggerated his discoveries and fabricated others, and then attempted to claim there was a scientifically proven link.

In 2004, the Lancet stated that it shouldn't have published Wakefield’s paper and stated that Wakefield had a “fatal conflict of interest” when conducting the research. But the paper itself wasn't formally retracted until 2010, leaving a wake (field https://static.xx.fbcdn.net/images/emoji.php/v9/ta3/2/16/1f60f.png"); background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">😏) of destruction in its 12 year existence.

Millions of dollars have been spent trying to undo the damage of Wakefield's paper. Tens of millions of children have since been involved CREDIBLE clinical studies. No link to autism was found in any case...in all of the studies.

Vaccinations save lives people.

Be Somebody's Hero!