Bad science: vaccines get an undeserving reputation

Prior to bringing our son home in 2007, I never once thought twice about getting a vaccine. For me, someone who worked in the healthcare field and managed multi-million dollar clinical research programs, I was aware of vaccines’ safety profile. Yet, I became acutely aware of their potential ill effects when I began listening to the longstanding “hysteria” that mercury-laden vaccines, particularly the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine, caused autism in children. Sharon Begley, author of “Anatomy of a scare”, argues that “science illiteracy” and “fearmongering of the press”1 created the vaccine hysteria. Begley makes for a valid argument in favor of vaccines attempting to dispel the autism-related vaccine myth. After reading the article, I felt better about the decisions we made to vaccinate. I invite you to look at the article, and provide your opinion.

1. Begley, S. (2009). Anatomy of a scare. When one study linked childhood vaccines to autism, it set off a panic. The research didn’t hold up, but some wounded families can’t move on. Newsweek, 153(9), 43-47. http://www.newsweek.com/id/185853.

Note: I write for Adoption Under One Roof (www.ouradopt.com). I posted this blog on March 12, 2009.

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