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Don’t Vaccines Cause Autism? Aren’t They Dangerous?

Short answer: No, Vaccines do not cause Autism Spectrum disorders.

Long Answer: No, Vaccines to not cause Autism Spectrum disorders, and you’re an asshole if you care about that over the safety of your immune-compromised children. Shame on you for being so ablest.

Now, the current anti-vaxxer argument begins with two separate people: Andrew Wakefield (Patented Quack, Policy Manipulator, Remorseless Killer) and Jenny McCarthy (Public Menace, Actress, Not a Doctor). (Former) Dr. Wakefield published a now-retracted study (see quack) that made a correlation link between vaccinations and autism. It was based on anecdotal evidence, not empirical study; therefore it does not count as proper science. He also intentionally edited his results to come to this incorrect conclusion. While all of his fellow doctors retracted their testimony on the Botched reports, to this day Andrew stands by his report and advocates that parents avoid vaccinating their children with MMR, if not all vaccinations in general.

Meanwhile, Jenny McCarthy, best known for appearing in Playboy and MTV. She advocates for New-Age Pseudoscience (which is fine, but not a substitute for true science in the same way soy sauce is not a substitute for water) claims that vaccinations gave her son autism. Except, her son’s symptoms are actually akin to Landau–Kleffner syndrome, but to this day she denies her son was misdiagnosed and continues to spread anti-vaccination dogma. She has appeared on Ellen, Oprah and CNN, spreading pseudoscience and misinformation as far as she can.

There are several problems with the MMR vaccine causing autism argument: for starters, it is based on faulty science, logical fallacy and pseudoscience. That is not hyperbole, that is demonstrable fact. Second, it is threatening the safety of the general populace. One infected person goes to Disneyland and 51 people leave with measles, regardless of whether they believed vaccines caused autism or not.That is a breakdown of herd immunity and in this day and age it is unacceptable. The life choices of one individual should not threaten the lives of others, EVER.

Finally, and most critically, the anti-vaxxer argument is inherently ablest, because it treats autism as a fate worse than death itself. It’s treated as a loss of one’s creativity, their will, their very SOULS. This is an actual quote from Jenny McCarthy, to Oprah in 2007:

“Right before his MMR shot, I said to the doctor, ‘I have a very bad feeling about this shot. This is the autism shot, isn’t it?’ And he said, ‘No, that is ridiculous. It is a mother’s desperate attempt to blame something,’ and he swore at me, and then the nurse gave [Evan] the shot,” she says. “And I remember going, ‘Oh, God, I hope he’s right.’ And soon thereafter—boom—the soul’s gone from his eyes.”

That is not what autism is. Autistic people are not soulless. The author of this very blog is mildly autistic, and statements like this come across to me as dehumanizing.What is autism?

This

Is.

Autistic people can feel. Autistic people have souls. And autistic people are not created by Big-Pharma or vaccines, we just….exist. This argument needs to die and parents need to vaccinate and accept their children, regardless of their mental makeup.

What are Measels, Mumps, Rubella and Polio

WARNING: this page includes pictures of people, mostly children, showing symptoms of various diseases with graphic and disturbing side effects. Discretion is advised.

Measles are contagious infection caused by a virus, with symptoms that manifest within seven to ten days of infection and can last for up to two weeks. These symptoms include coughing, runny nose, rashes and spots covering the body, eye inflammation and fevers of 104 degrees Fahrenheit or greater. If left untreated, or if complications arise, the infection can lead to diarrhea, brain inflammation, blindness, pneumonia and even death. IT’s VERY contagious, spreading through coughs, sneezes, saliva and nasal secretions; it has a 90% infection rate among those who are not already immune to it. in 2013 it killed 96,000 people, most of whom were under five years of age. this is what a child with Measles looks like:

Mumps is another virus-based infection, but it is self-limiting compared to measles, meaning it is harder to do permanent damage than measels. Symptoms include fever, swelling of salivary glands, lethargy, muscle pain and headaches, and occasionally lead to testicular swelling which causes sterility. symptoms are worse in adults than in children. it is also highly contagious, being transmitted by water droplets, direct contact with the infected or by contaminated objects. This is what an adult with Mumps looks like:

Rubella, or German Measles, is a disease caused by the Rubella virus and unlike measles or mumps has a short period of symptoms, lasting only a few days. it has few symptoms in children, but adults can suffer from atrophy with this disease. A rare side-affect of it is skin deterioration, however. It is an airborne disease that spreads through infected coughs or contact with patients. This is what a child with Rubella looks like:

Finally, Polio (Poliomyelitis)

These are just a few diseases vaccines can prevent. Tetanus, influenza, diphtheria, pertussis, all went from life-threatening illnesses to forgotten horrors thanks to mass inoculation and medical treatment. These are ailments you would not wish upon your worst enemy, let alone your own children. So why are parents across America refusing, on personal principle, to vaccinate their children?