Information about Vaccines
More than a decade ago, concerns arose about a now-disproven connection between vaccines and autism. The original study was ultimately retracted and multiple rigorous epidemiological studies have found no link between vaccines and autism. Despite that, concerns by some parents have driven down the levels of immunization for childhood diseases, leading to outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases that continue today. While the Wendy Klag Center does not conduct vaccine-related studies, we offer the following links to information and descriptions provided by other organizations:
Autism Science Foundation. One of this nonprofit organization's three guiding principles is: "Vaccines save lives; they do not cause autism. Numerous studies have failed to show a causal link between vaccines and autism. Vaccine safety research should continue to be conducted by the public health system in order to ensure vaccine safety and maintain confidence in our national vaccine program, but further investment of limited autism research dollars is not warranted at this time."
American Academy of Pediatrics' parent education site. "Some people have expressed concerns about vaccine safety. The fact is vaccines save lives and protect against the spread of disease. If you decide not to immunize, you’re not only putting your child at risk to catch a disease that is dangerous or deadly but also putting others in contact with your child at risk."
A Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researcher wrote a Time op-ed in February 2016 about anti-vaccine websites and her research related to them. Read the piece here.