Here’s What Donald Trump Needs To Know About Vaccines

No matter what Donald Trump says, science has provided ample evidence that childhood vaccine courses are safe, effective, and do not cause autism.

Public health authorities maintain that vaccines are as important as seat belts in protecting our children. Even President Obama has urged parents to have their kids vaccinated.

So how can it be that Trump perpetuates unfounded fears about vaccines (listen to podcast below)? And why do many parents opt against having their children vaccinated even in the face of the whooping cough resurgence and the recent measles outbreak that sickened more than 102 people in 14 states?

It’s complicated, of course. Trust in government–or the lack thereof–has been identified as a key factor. But many people become anti-vaxxers as a result of plain-old misinformation.

Here are six misguided anti-vaccination arguments–and the truth about each…

Bad argument #1: There’s no proof that vaccines don’t cause autism.

It’s hard to prove a negative. But the American Academy of Pediatrics has released a list of more than 40 studies showing no link whatsoever between vaccines and autism.

Bad argument #2: One study from England did show a link between vaccines and autism.

Yes, a study published in The Lancet in 1998 did find such a link. But the study was retracted, and the physician-researcher who led it, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, was shown to have falsified the data and was stripped of his medical license.

Bad argument #3: There are lots of anecdotes about children developing autism after being vaccinated.

But anecdotes aren’t proof, and there’s no reason to believe —> Read More