Last night my daughter had a homework assignment to find a certain type of fallacy online (authoritative). She was having a hard time, and I was helping her look up certain topics and wade through oodles of comments.
I tried looking up measles/vaccinations/autism articles, thinking I could find someone referring to the falsified 1998 study linking autism with vaccines. Oh, I did.
I found an article. Passed the link on to my daughter, and then skimmed the comments. I was appalled that the article was from last month!
The other that I found was published yesterday. YESTERDAY!
People were still referring to that study! The one that has been used by people/the media to say that vaccines cause autism and was completely and thoroughly shot down. It was NOT a scientific study (The 'doctor' lost his medical license because of it).
I'm not going to bother linking to all the studies disproving that falsified study, or anything, they're really easy to find.
It frustrates me to know that there are still some people out there referring to such bogus info and spreading such fear about vaccines. I know there is ignorance out there but this one topic just makes me crazy.
So, for the record:
I absolutely and totally support vaccinating children.
My children are up to date on their vaccinations.
I do NOT believe that vaccinations 'caused' my son to develop autism spectrum disorder.
You can especially tell because we vaccinated his younger brother.
If you do not vaccinate your children you are putting them in danger.
If you do not vaccinate your children you are putting MY CHILDREN in danger.
Please please please do not give in to fear-mongering about vaccinations. If younger generations could remember diseases like our parents do I believe there would not be so much confusing information about them. They remember polio. They know how those vaccinations save lives.
Fear-mongering about vaccinations is also fear-mongering about autism. Which isn't cool. Autistic people have always been here.
And my redhead is awesome. Not something to be feared.
Do your research. But make sure you are getting the real scientific info, NOT fear-induced propaganda/conspiracy theories.
(I guess I will go ahead and link to this blog article, by an autism advocate mom, which does link to a bunch of the source material, since I am lazy).