Thursday, February 11, 2010

Autism and Vaccines

The anti-vaccine crowd has been under some pretty heavy pressure of late, mostly due to the recent retraction of an important study published in Lancet in 1998.

Scientific American is doing a good job attacking some of the other studies that attempted to put vaccines in a bad light.

Vaccines are a cornerstone of modern medicine. Before vaccines (and antibiotics), the leading causes of death in the world were almost entirely infectious diseases. You didn't get old enough to get cancer - because you were busy dying of Smallpox.

Entire categories of disease were eradicated with the invention of vaccines. The people who faked data, and by doing so convinced millions of people to not vaccinate their kids, are criminals. Simply taking away their medical licenses is not enough. They should be in jail.

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