Protests have recently been popping up more and more in the modern world — some involving the pandemic, civil rights, or the environment — and vaccinations are a popular topic. Though many medical professionals deny any possible risks, parents worldwide are still concerned when inoculating their children.
An article by Dr. Andrew Wakefield surfaced in 1998 saying that the MMR, measles-mumps-rubella, vaccine was the cause of autism in many young children. Because of this, there was an outbreak of the measles, which were eradicated in the 2000s, in the United States. Though the article was debunked by doctors worldwide, parents still swore by what Wakefield said. With a growing number of parents refusing vaccines, more illnesses have been affecting the world’s youth, putting children’s lives at risk. Some parents have even gone far enough to declare that they wouldn’t get any COVID-19 vaccines for them or their children. This mindset not only puts their lives at risk, but it could also prevent doctors from ridding the country of the virus.
Wakefield’s accusations also brought much attention to the risk of autism in vaccinations. According to Kidshealth.org, numerous studies have proven his arguments to be false and that there is no link between autism and vaccinations. Some have even shown that autism is found before an infant is even born.
The research done behind vaccines “ensures the benefits of vaccines approved in the U.S. outweigh the risks, defines which group should not be given certain vaccines, describes side effects and adverse events reported after vaccination, and evaluates whether reported side effects and adverse events can be directly linked to a vaccine,” says Cdc.gov. These statistics are linked to over 1200 different studies that have been conducted to ensure the safety of youth around the country.
So, with all of this in mind, it has been proven that parents don’t need to worry about their children’s safety when vaccinating their kids.