Many people in minority communities have a problem with doctors and hospitals. This is because they care deeply about their children, and are worried about a widespread problem occurring within their children. Autism is, to most of those families, a new and unwelcome disease and they are trying their hardest to stop it from getting to their kids. The families have now turned to the only variable affecting their children at an early age; doctors and vaccines. The families now have the idea that vaccines inflict their children with autism, and have chosen to keep their children away from the doctors in their early years. Vaccines do not cause autism within children, and help keep the children safe from other illnesses.
One of the biggest aspects that the minority families focus in on is the ingredient Thimerosal, Thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative used to prevent contamination of multidose vials of vaccines, was one of the biggest targets for autism inducement. Between 1999 and 2001, thimerosal was removed or reduced in all childhood vaccines except for some flu vaccines. This was done as part of a broader national effort to lessen all types of mercury exposure in children before studies were conducted that determined that Thimerosal was not harmful. It was done as a precaution. Anyhow, a 2004 scientific review by the IOM states “the evidence favors rejection of a causal relationship between thimerosal — containing vaccines and autism.” This shows how there is no link between them; but because of the scare we couldn’t take any risks.
The biggest cause and where we all got the idea that autism and vaccines correlate to each other was from the respected medical journal The Lancet. They published a paper by Andrew Wakefield and twelve other authors and claimed that a new syndrome of gastrointestinal illness and autism was temporally associated with administration of the vaccine against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) In 1998, This is where the whole problem began, and since it was a respected and trusted resource it engulfed the minds of parents. The cherry on top? It was later learned that Dr. Wakefield had fabricated and falsified data. In addition, he was found to have had significant financial conflicts of interest and to have violated standard ethical practices when conducting his study. Ten of his co-authors repudiated their association with the findings of the paper. The Lancet published a retraction of the paper in February 2010 and Dr. Wakefield’s license to practice medicine was revoked in May 2010, as was that of one of his collaborators. In January 2011, the British Medical Journal published an article and an editorial stating that Wakefield’s paper was “an elaborate fraud”. (National Capital. Poison Center). The intricacy of this plan to deceive the people is astonishing, and it still is impacting families today.
There are those who are and will always be against vaccines. The belief that nature is the best cure for people, or that using vaccines is a risk because of the unknown effect it might have on the children is still practiced. For those who trust the illness to go away by itself or seek different help, that is a risk or position that most don’t want to place themselves in. The fact is in situations like that, there is a chance it will work and there is a chance it won’t. When we go get vaccines, there is a greater chance of it working, so putting yourself at risk unnecessarily isn’t the choice most of us would make. For those who are afraid of the risks in their children getting vaccines, there is no better alternative. Not giving your child the vaccine can lead to all sorts of problems. Other illnesses might converge upon the weak immune system of children, it might spread to others. All in all the benefits outway the risks in every aspect.
In conclusion, vaccines are a beneficial part of society and they keep us healthy. They help in keeping away diseases and illnesses, and take alot of work to produce. The small chance that a child might be affected negatively by the vaccine is an extremity, and using large sample sizes can help us see and prevent these risks.
“Institute of Medicine.” Immunization Safety Review: Vaccines and Autism -. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Mar. 2016.
(n.d.): n. pag. Increasing Exposure to Antibody-Stimulating Proteins and Polysaccharides in Vaccines Is Not Associated with Risk of Autism. Web.
“Vaccines & Autism « Science-Based Medicine.” Vaccines & Autism « Science-Based Medicine. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Mar. 2016.
“Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 23 Nov. 2015. Web. 10 Mar. 2016.