January 25, 2014
Anti-vaccination movements are problematic because they influence thousands of parents concerned about the health of their children to expose them to dangerous diseases such as tuberculosis, smallpox or polio, under the argument that they could cause autism due to because certain components (such as thimerosal) in vaccines contain mercury.
The funny thing is that in countries where components such as thimerosal were removed from vaccines, the rate of autism was not affected in the least as shown by various studies …
To get an idea of how dangerous anti-vaccination movements are for public health, the American organization Council of Foreign Relations has been collecting information since 2008 to create a huge atlas of disease outbreaks around the world that could have been prevented by vaccination, such as measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough, and polio.
via Map of preventable diseases reveals devastating effect of anti-vaccination movements – FayerWayer.
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