Measles, whooping cough are supposed to be non-existent by now. However, these contagious diseases are coming back as epidemics.
We all have faith in doctors. If a doctor goes out and publishes a study in a prestigious journal like Lancet, there is even more reason to believe the outcomes to be true. However, one doctor managed to dupe the world into believing that vaccines cause autism by publishing a study, a claim that has been proven false. And all this was done on the orders of a law firm trying to sue vaccine companies.
In 1998, Lancet, one of the most trusted British medical journals published a dramatic study that autism was linked to vaccines. This alarmed the world and led to a sharp decline in parents who would have vaccinated their babies. However, the claims in the study have been studies repeatedly in 14.7 million children, and there is no conclusive proof that vaccines do cause autism.
However, the damage has been done. A report shows that 1 in 4 parents think that vaccines still cause autism. There have been frequent outbreaks of diseases that would have been eradicated by now. Take the instance of measles. Before the study was published, the disease was almost eradicated from the USA. After the study, there was a steady increase in the number of cases. According to CDC, 90% of these cases were not vaccinated or the vaccine status could not be verified.
Same is the case with other diseases like whooping cough. There was an outbreak in 2010 in California. Vaccine refusal was to blame for this. It is shameful that vaccine refusers, or anti-vaxxers are putting their children in the harm’s way with a notion disproved by studies various times.
And the reason of the publication of this study was money! A group of lawyers wanted to sue a vaccine company, and needed some evidence. Dr Andrew Wakefield doctored the data of all 12 patients in the study before concluding that vaccines cause autism. He received more than 0.4 million GBP in grants and financial rewards, something he never declared.
In 2004, Lancet retracted the study, though the harm was done. Dr Wakefield lost his medical license. His colleagues and co-authors distanced themselves from the study. But today, even Donald Trump quotes that vaccines may cause autism in children.
But you vaccinate your kids.Why should you care? Read on to know more.