More On Vaccines

“Common sense is what tells us the Earth is flat and the Sun goes around it.”

Look, another article (this time in the Boston Globe) talking about how there is no connection between vaccines and autism.

I’ve discussed my distaste for those people who buy into the whole “ZOMG Vaccines are evil and cause every disease every” hysteria. Of course, no matter what I say or what any of the experts say

From the Boston Globe article:

“While there are many debatable issues in the autism world, vaccines are no longer among them. This is a blessing for parents, children, and pediatricians. The real tragedy of the suggestion that vaccines cause autism is that millions of research dollars have been diverted to disprove a relationship that never existed to begin with.

A number of large studies, in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Scandinavia, have failed to find a link between vaccines and autism. But this is an issue that doesn’t want to die, so pediatricians like me end up spending time reassuring parents that we truly have their children’s best interests at heart when we immunize them, that we are not in the pockets of the pharmaceutical industry, and we read the literature with a healthy dose of skepticism.”

This is a solid point. We waste so much time and energy discussing this. It’s like people studying geology constantly having to debate people who are suggesting the Earth is flat. Think of how much lower the cost of health care would be if pediatricians weren’t constantly arguing with people over this subject and instead treating patients.

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