Feb 15, 2016, The (WI) Badger Herald: Bill would prevent child vaccination opt-outs for personal reasons
...Stephanie Schauer, Wisconsin Department of Health Services immunization program director, said vaccines are one of the most effective ways to prevent against diseases.
“Vaccines are among the safest ways to go ahead and prevent disease,” Schauer said. “Vaccines undergo very rigorous testing before licensure, as well as afterwards to make sure that they continue to remain safe.”
But Shane Ellison, who holds a master’s degree in organic chemistry, said in his blog that parents should not vaccinate their kids because vaccinations can lead to autism, seizures and nerve damage.
Schauer, however, said these sorts of claims are not scientifically supported. There have been some smaller studies that linked vaccinations to things like autism, Schauer said, but when the science behind these studies was investigated those claims were proven to be false.
This is a bill from a Democrat in the state assembly. With Republicans in charge, it's probably not going to go anywhere, it's evidence that the push to end exemptions is relentless. Notice the acknowledgement that there is research showing a link to autism, but those were "smaller studies," and they were "proven to be false."
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.