#2 – Do Vaccines Cause Autism?
You may have heard that there’s a link to vaccines and autism. This is not true.
The idea that vaccines cause autism is one of the most widely-believed pieces of medical misinformation that has ever been spread. The myth comes from an article that was penned by Andrew Wakefield, MD in 1998 which made the claim that he had definitively established a link between the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine and autism. However, his study was based on 12 cases, which is far too small to meet the threshold for accuracy by scientific standards, and his data was found to be incorrect.
Wakefield was formally disciplined for fraud, and he lost his medical license in 2010. Though countless other studies like this one have failed to establish any correlation between vaccines and autism, the damage has been done. The only way to fix that is for people to start sharing the facts.
#3 – Vaccines Are An Excellent Teacher
Vaccines actually work by training your immune system. They activate antibodies that fight a given illness without actually giving you that illness. This way, if you’re ever actually exposed to that disease, your body already knows how to fight it off. It’s a pretty nifty trick.