Mar 3, 2014, CBS News:: Pro-vaccination efforts, debunking autism myths may be scaring wary parents from shots
Mar 3. 2014, Al Jazeera America: Measles outbreaks spark fears of return of a disease
A new study reported in Pediatrics has found that when parents already eye vaccines askance, information setting the record straight only makes them dig in their heels more. Indeed, according to reporting from Jonel Aleccia at NBC News:
Information debunking discredited claims of a link between autism and the MMR vaccine successfully corrected parents' views, but it didn't budge their intent to vaccinate, the study found. In fact, among those with least favorable views of vaccines, the chance that they would vaccinate future kids fell from 70 percent to 45 percent.
As usual, parents are just supposed to accept autism as not connected to vaccinations at the same time no one can tell us why so many kids have the disorder. I posted comments.
Vaccines are doing their jobs preventing disease and death, and even bringing down societal costs, according to a new study in Pediatrics.
But another study, published in the same journal issue, found that public health campaigns touting vaccines' effectiveness and debunking the links between autism and other health risks might actually be backfiring, and convincing parents to skip the shots for their kids.
Health officials can't understand why parents don't believe their vaccine safety messages. They are so removed from reality it's hard to know where to begin.
Dr. Schuchat and everyone else in public health need a dose of reality. Our children are increasingly disabled and chronically ill. Soaring rates of autism, learning disorders, diabetes, seizure disorder, sleep disorders, bowel disease and more afflict our kids. Tens of thousands of parents report that their kids were fine until they were vaccinated. Suddenly they changed. They developed things like chronic diarrhea, seizures, many stopped talking, lost learned skills and ended up with an autism diagnosis. Doctors can't explain this, but they're sure it's not because of battery of vaccinations the child had received previously. And they have lots of studies, all tied to the vaccine industry, to prove it.
The public tends to be suspicious of safety claims from the agency that runs the vaccine program. Why should we trust them when they say their vaccines aren't harming children?
The CDC approves, recommends, and vigorously promotes vaccines. It's also the place where countless individuals have conflict of interest waivers because of their direct financial ties to the industry they're supposed to be overseeing. The last head of the CDC, Dr. Julie Gerberding, a long time denier of any link between vaccines and autism, is now head of the vaccine division at Merck.
Experts say the return of measles and, to a lesser degree, mumps is due to a decade-long backlash against common vaccines. Pockets of underimmunized children have left an unknown number of communities vulnerable to the virus. . . .
One of the driving fears about getting their offspring vaccinated is the link that some parents have made between inoculations and autism. Jessica Plought, of Charleston, S.C., is one such parent. In August 2011, her cheerful daughter Sarah, then 2 years old, stopped talking. Soon she no longer recognized her grandparents and had no interest in books or blocks. Now 4, she is still in diapers.
Plought said her daughter's decline followed a severe fever and rash that began with a slate of inoculation against a half-dozen diseases. She blames Sarah's autism on the vaccines, many of which include weak strains of live viruses. "They say 'infect to protect,' but I don't buy that theory," said Plought. "They can't tell me vaccines are safe." . . .
Fear of the measles vaccine and its former preservative thiomersal was stoked in 1998 when physician Andrew Wakefield published a now-discredited research paper in the prestigious British medical review The Lancet. Investigators later found that many of his subjects were referred by an insurance company trying to build a class-action lawsuit against vaccine manufacturers.
Independent studies by international medical societies, public health offices and scientific researchers have vigorously debunked his claims. Sixteen years after the Wakefield scandal, long-term studies consistently find, as does the CDC, that vaccines "are not associated with autism spectrum disorders."
The CDC is worried about the threat from "unvaccinated clusters." The same people WHO AREN'T WORRIED ABOUT A 2 PERCENT AUTISM RATE, are screaming about 53 people who got the measles.
There's no comment section here or else I'd inform Ms Pisik that the "preservative" is really untested, toxic mercury---AND THAT IT WAS NEVER IN THE MMR.
Pisik tells us about the terrible story of Sarah Plought's regression after vaccination, then says studies show no link.
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