Measles is on the rise. But telling anti-vaxxers they ’re stupid won’t fix it | Ellie Mae O’Hagan

Simply telling people they are ignorant has failed. We need to find a better way to communicateAfter reading the news that cases of measles havesoared by 50% in the last year, I recalled the first time I heard an anti-vaccination conspiracy theory. It wasn ’t from a member of Donald Trump’s administration, or part of a frenetic, grammatically challengedFacebook post– it was from a classmate when I was at school. Her family wasn’t waging a crusade against medical science: they simply gave credence todisgraced former doctorAndrew Wakefield’s study that wrongly asserted a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. Back then, the study had not yet beendiscredited.One only has to stray into anti-vaxxer internet forums for a few minutes to see that they ’re stuffed with conspiracy theorists, opportunists, reactionaries, and – worst of all – hubristic idiots. This is the vanguard of the anti-vaxxer movement. But behind that vanguard are a lot of concerned parents who are being convinced of wild and dangerous ideas because we – and by we, I m ean those of us who recognise the incontrovertible fact that vaccines are essential – aren’t talking to them properly. A number of the anti-vaxxer vanguard may have started life as concerned parents, but have gradually sunk into increasingly extreme positions because the only communication they’ re getting from the other side is that they’re foolish and irresponsible. Al...
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A federal judge in New York denied a request that would have allowed 44 unvaccinated children to return to school on Wednesday. Citing an “unprecedented measles outbreak,” District Court Judge Vincent Briccetti said the parents had failed to demonstrate “that public interest weighs in favor of granting an injunction,” according to the Rockland/Westchester Journal News. Last December, amid a measles outbreak, public health officials in Rockland County took the bold step of banning unvaccinated kids from the classroom at schools with less than 95% vaccination rates. The parents from the Green Meadow W...
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Dogs can’t get autism, and even if they could, vaccines couldn’t cause it. Period. But some anti-vaxxers are increasingly making the same unfounded claims about pets and vaccines they’ve been repeating about children and vaccines for the past 20 years: that vaccines are unnecessary, dangerous and that they can cause a form of (canine) autism, along with other diseases. Just as with kids, that may be driving down pet vaccination rates. And the movement, while niche, shows no sign of stopping; in some states in the U.S., anti-vax activists have recently agitated to make state laws about mandatory pet vaccin...
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A 10-year study of more than 650,000 children found no link between the measles, mumps and rubella vaccination series given to children and an increased risk of autism. The study of Danish children born to Danish mothers published in the medical journal Annals of Internal Medicine agrees with earlier studies in concluding that there was no overall increased risk of developing autism among children who received the vaccine compared to those who did not, even if th ey had a sibling with autism, U.S.…
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A study of 650,000 children has confirmed yet again that the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine does not increase the risk of getting autism
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A Danish nationwide cohort study evaluating data from 657,461 children born between 1999 through 31 December 2010 and followed up until the age of 13 years concludes that MMR vaccination does not increase the risk for autism, nor does it trigger autism in susceptible children.
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A 10-year look at more than 600,000 children comes at a time when anti-vaccine suspicion is on the rise again.
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This study followed 657,461 children born in Denmark from 1999 through 31 December 2010, with follow-up from 1 year of age and through 31 August 2013. Another team of researchers completed an exhaustive review of all scientific studies of the MMR and its potential problems in 2001. The results are published in the September 2001 issue of the Archives of Disease in Childhood. Those authors concluded, “While the final decision rests with the parents, the evidence of the safety and efficacy of MMR  vaccine is so overwhelmingly conclusive that health professionals should have no hesitation recommending its use....
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The Ohio teenager who made headlines for getting vaccinated against his mother’s wishes told the Senate on Tuesday that spreading vaccine misinformation is dangerous — but urged the public not to vilify those who do so. “Approaching this issue with the concern of education and addressing misinformation properly can cause change, as it did for me,” 18-year-old Ethan Lindenberger said while testifying before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Tuesday. “Although the debate around vaccines is not necessarily centered around information, and concerns for health and sa...
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The notion that vaccines might cause autism was refuted nine years ago, when a British medical panel concluded in 2010 that Andrew Wakefield, the doctor with undisclosed financial interests in making such claims, had acted with “callous disregard” in conducting his research.But in 2019, professional...
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Title: Largest Study Ever Finds No Link Between Measles Vaccine, AutismCategory: Health NewsCreated: 3/4/2019 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 3/5/2019 12:00:00 AM
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