Myth: Vaccines can cause autism and other disorders
Fact: According to PHAC: “Medical researchers and scientists around the world have studied information collected over many years to see whether there is a link between the MMR [measles, mumps and rubella] vaccine and autism — a lifelong developmental disorder. They have not found any evidence of a link.”
Dr. Lin says that the timing of MMR vaccines has led to this anecdotal link in many peoples’ minds.
“Kids get the shot around the same time that you would see if the child was responding to you. So many parents thought it must be the shot.”
“There are some celebrities that keep it going. And if they talk about it, those kinds of single cases fuel the fire. A lot of people think, ‘I heard something about that,’ and if you hear it twice you think it must be real.”
MacDonald says that even though researchers have thoroughly debunked the link between autism and vaccines, doctors should do a better job communicating that.
“You need to communicate in a way that people can understand that we have done multiple studies; we have looked at different study designs in different populations; in different parts of the world, and we have found no link between autism and MMR vaccine.”
Read the full article here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/vaccines-busting-common-myths-1.2851270