Maybe you’ve seen this already, but this is one blog post definitely worth reading, saving and passing on.
Dr. Rachel Dunlop, a medical researcher, science communicator and campaigner for science-based medicine in Australia, does a truly outstanding job of addressing some of the top vaccination myths in her post 9 Vaccination Myths Busted. With Science. Her frank and direct approach relies on solid science and is backed by extensive references. Yet, she still manages to communicate the science in a way that any layperson can understand.
The following is a list of the myths she addresses in her post.
Myth 1: Vaccines cause autism.
Myth 2: Vaccines contain mercury.
Myth 3: Vaccines contain toxic ingredients.
Myth 4: Vaccines have never been tested.
Myth 5: Vaccines don’t work because children who are vaccinated can still get the disease.
Myth 6: Improved living standards, not vaccination have reduced disease.
Myth 7: Infectious diseases are not serious; children are meant to get them.
Myth 8: Vaccines cause or spread the diseases they are supposed to prevent.
Myth 9: My child’s immune system will be overwhelmed.
I can’t think of anything that she may have left out. Except of course, how to make this required reading for all new parents!
Once again, this is an excellent read that I just had to share. Thanks Dr. Dunlop for doing your part to help others understand the science behind immunizations!