Conspiracy Theory

Huge Study Finds No Link Between Vaccines, Autism

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Anti-vaccination conspiracy theories are not something I've ever spent a great deal of time discussing because I consider it to be utterly nonsensical not unlike moon-landing conspiracy theories, but given the number of outbreaks we've seen lately it's worth highlighting an enormous study that should put the issue to rest.

A team of Danish scientists examined the records of over 650,000 children taken over a period of 14 years and found that children who receive the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine are actually less likely to develop autism than kids who don't receive it.

In the current study, researchers examined data on 657,461 children. During this time, 6,517 kids were diagnosed with autism.

Kids who got the MMR vaccine were seven percent less likely to develop autism than children who didn't get vaccinated, researchers report in the Annals of Internal Medicine. [...]

Researchers studied the connection between the MMR vaccine and autism in a nationwide cohort of all children born in Denmark to Danish-born mothers from 1999 to 2010. They followed kids from age one through the end of August 2013.

On today of all days, Senator Rand Paul, who is supposedly a doctor of some description, spoke out against mandatory vaccinations in the Senate.

During a Senate Health Committee hearing on Tuesday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) criticized the idea that parents should be required to vaccinate their children and perpetuated the notion that vaccines themselves could cause harm. [...]

“As we contemplate forcing parents to choose this or that vaccine, I think it’s important to remember that force is not consistent with the American story, nor is force consistent with the liberty our forefathers sought when they came to America,” said Paul, reading off a paper. “I don't think you have to have one or the other, though. I'm not here to say don’t vaccinate your kids. If this hearing is for persuasion I’m all for the persuasion. I’ve vaccinated myself and I’ve vaccinated my kids. For myself and my children I believe that the benefits of vaccines greatly outweighing the risks, but I still don’t favor giving up on liberty for a false sense of security.”

Sure, herd-immunity from diseases is important, but not as important as liberty!

  • muselet

    Yeah, we should all take medical advice from a deeply weird, self-accredited ophthalmologist.

    Also, I expect the anti-vaxxers to claim by the end of the week that (a) Danish kids are different from Murcan kids, (b) the Danish MMR vaccine is different from the Murcan one, and (c) the Annals of Internal Medicine publishes fake news.

    –alopecia

  • Username1016

    People are wack. I have a friend who FIRMLY BELIEVES that vaccines cause autism, and when I cite peer-reviewed studies showing that they don’t, she tells me all those research scientists are funded by Big Pharma and can’t be relied on. But at the same time she believes all the research scientists who are pointing out climate change — wouldn’t you think they would be equally in the pockets of the oil companies, if that were how it worked? And yet that isn’t happening. My attitude is, you either believe research scientists and their code of ethics, or you don’t. No picking and choosing to say THIS scientific consensus is real and THAT scientific consensus is bogus…

  • Draxiar

    There’s so many fucked-up , wrong, and ignorant things in his libertarian belching that I can’t even begin to account for them all.

  • mnpollio

    Ahh, yes. The anti-vaxxers. Looking to take us back to the good old days when thousands of people (many of them children) died in epidemics and grieving parents everywhere hoped for a day when such a thing was preventable. Of course, many of these anti-vaxxers seem completely oblivious that there ever was such a time because their attention span does not encompass history of any sort.

    And I like your vague overview of the laughable Rand Paul as a “a doctor of some description”. What else could one say about a physician who advertised himself as “board certified”, but ostensibly could not get certified by any reputable board and instead opened his own fantastical board (along with his equally fraudulent daddy) for the sole reason of certifying himself so he could impress people by saying he was board certified. Then conveniently shut the board down until he needed to revive it again at a later date to certify himself. The Pauls are nothing better than low-life grifters and it is no wonder that Dandy Randy is such a huge fan of Das Trump.

    • katanahamon

      Did you see the Oregon kid who got tetanus? Cost over a million dollars to treat, then the parents wouldn’t vaccinate the kid on the way out of the hospital..and, having tetanus doesn’t make you immune..you still need the shot..just F’ing unbelievable…to me, first it’s child abuse, no, attempted murder, next, they should be forced to pay all that back. (Of course, there’s no reason for it to be that expensive, but that’s a different rant).