October 5, 2019
Here’s some disturbing news for those of us who favor science and empirical data over nut-job conspiracy theorists: According to this article in the Wall Street Journal, many American schools do not have the immunization levels considered adequate to protect a population from measles. In all, about 2,700 schools in all fell below the 80 percent level, and some small, private schools have rates around 50 percent.
The World Health Organization’s guidelines provide that “95 percent of a population needs to be vaccinated to prevent the disease from spreading.”
Fun fact: The widespread fear that vaccines increase risk of autism originated with a 1997 study published by Andrew Wakefield, a British surgeon. The article was published in The Lancet, a pretigious medical journal, suggesting that the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine was increasing autism in British children.
Wakefield’s conclusions were unambiguously repudiated, he was stripped of his medical license, and The Lancet retracted the paper.
No other studies have ever established a link between any vaccine and the likelihood of developing autism.