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Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism

Vaccinating your child seems to be a constant issue and debate among young parents. I am a very natural mom and individual and been called a hippy and crunchy more then a few times. I never had my kids take medicine for a LOW grade fever when they were little because I believed a fever was building a strong immune system. I didn’t sanitize every little thing my kids came in contact with because I wanted them to be exposed to germs. I encouraged and still encourage them to play in the dirt. And I use “hippie” oils occasionally. (That is what my husband calls them.)

But one thing I DO is vaccinate my children. I am very accepting and open to different parenting styles and realize that everyone has different views and opinions. I am not much a debater but I believe that everyone should vaccinate. We no longer live in the 1700s, and we have modern medicine and science so why don’t we use it to eliminate deadly diseases. It still is amazing to me that parents would be okay with putting their child at risk as well as all the other people that are susceptible. Vaccines: Low trust in vaccination ‘a global crisis’

In 1988 Andrew Wakefield released a report that claimed that vaccines caused autism. This article went viral and in 2010 he was charged with falsifying his study. Yet still after all the information people sill believe that vaccines cause autism. The MMR vaccine and autism: Sensation, refutation, retraction, and fraud

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Another misconception that people have about these diseases, I believe, is that since they are no longer as prevalent then they must not be around any more. Since people are paranoid and don’t do any research the just would assume not have their kids vaccinated. Now that we are having more and more outbreaks I hope that people will start to understand that all of their misconceptions about vaccinations are not true and that these diseases are really out there and need to be taken serious. We have the modern medicine so we should use it. And I don’t know about you but I enjoy living in the 21st century. There are many other issues that I would love to go back in time and enjoy but measles and mumps is not one of them.

Case closed on vaccine-autism debate: Doctor

As much as I hate to say this, but people can’t be forced to vaccinate so what we have to do is educate the public. This was not an issue 20 years ago yet is amazing how quick people will agree with a falsified article that spread like a wildfire on the internet. Digital Citizenship is definitely a topic in this and a clear example of how information spreads on the internet and is believed.

I was able to find a website of an organization that still claims that vaccines are linked to autism. The organization is called Hope Youth Ranch. The claim is brief but I did some of the techniques we learned about determining if this was a valid organization and came up empty handed. They also have a platinum seal at the bottom of their website that makes the organization look more official but I did some research on what it is and it is nothing special. This is what the transparency seal means per its website, “A Seal is not a rating. Instead, it indicates the type and amount of information your nonprofit has shared.” but it sure makes their website look nice.

5 Comments

  1. Chris Lott said:

    Very well done. If you want to, you could ask Mike Caulfield directly (Twitter is a good method) about the Hope Youth Ranch example. It would be interesting to see what he suggests and/or comes up with as a highly skilled practitioner of his system. You could simply mention it on Twitter including a) a mention of his Twitter handle using the @ sign and b) a link to this post!

    June 24, 2019
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    • admin said:

      Okay I will see if I can do that! It would be interested to see his take.

      June 24, 2019
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      • Chris Lott said:

        Great, let me know if you need any help.

        June 25, 2019
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  2. Sam Starr said:

    My wife is a PA and vaccinations are a heated discussion in our household. I enjoyed reading your take on it. This serves as a great reminder of the need to factcheck things we find online as taking a some things for fact can have disastrous consequences.

    June 25, 2019
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  3. Paul said:

    Great post Maureen! Like Sam, my wife was in the medical community (as an R.N.) until she decided she wanted to stay home and have more time with the kids. There has never been any serious debate between my wife and I about vaccines for our kids, we’re for them. Every once in awhile she will vent to me about the things she reads on social media about people who are against vaccinating.

    My wife doesn’t like to think that she’s crunchy, but she’s got a heart of granola, so I think I’ll start using the term “hippie oils” too, I like that one!

    Thanks for sharing!

    August 1, 2019
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