Medical professionals have long-formed a consensus: that vaccinations are vital, especially for babies, in protecting their vulnerable bodies from disease.
Despite this, there are many anti-vaccination campaigners who claim (a claim that has repeatedly been denied by doctors) that the MMR vaccine causes autism.
The NHS has a section about it on the website, in which they address parents’ concerns:
There's been some controversy about whether the MMR vaccine might cause autism following a 1998 study by Dr Andrew Wakefield.
In his paper published in The Lancet, Dr Wakefield claimed there is a link between the MMR vaccine and autism or bowel disease.
But Andrew Wakefield's work has since been completely discredited and he has been struck off as a doctor in the UK.
Subsequent studies in the last 9 years have found no link between the MMR vaccine and autism or bowel disease.
Still, some parents remain sceptical.
A doctor took to reddit and shared a story about a conversation they had with an anti-vax parent.
In a thread that asked doctors to share their most surprising “I can’t believe I need to have this conversation with an adult” story, one doc wrote said a parent didn’t want to vaccinate her child…
Because Jenny McCarthy's book says her son got Autism from the Thimerosal in his MMR vaccine.
Needless to say, the doctor wasn't impressed by the parent's hypothesis.
This is what they said to the parent:
Jenny McCarthy is a one time playboy model who wants to sell you her books.
MMR is a live vaccine and does not contain Thimerosal.
Thimerosal contains Ethylmercury which clears from your body in a ~10 days unlike methylmercury which stays for months and actually causes damage.
Measles killed 135,000 people in the world
Autism has a strong genetic component. If one identical twin has it, there is a 75% chance the other will as well.
with 75% of identical twins both having autism.
Andrew Wakefield faked the research linking autism to MMR vaccine, lost his license to practice medicine, and made millions helping lawyers sue and selling books. He lives in a mansion in England.
I went to school for 11 years, spent 10,000 hours studying and just want to make sure your child stays healthy. Quit thinking your 5 minutes of internet research means anything, get over yourself, and vaccinate your damn baby.