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August 28th, 2013
12:02 AM ET

Vaccination myths vs. reality

Sixteen members of the Eagle Mountain International Church in Texas caught the measles, a highly contagious disease that’s easily prevented by vaccination. But getting vaccinated is something the church has preached against. Church officials have even played on parents’ fears about autism, even though claims about vaccines causing autism have been debunked by science. This is just one of several recent measles outbreaks across the U.S.. Anderson discussed all of this with chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

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  1. L.W.

    Please.! There is no misconception about vaccines causing Autism, the misconception lies in what was actually reported by Dr Andrew Wakefield. While his paper was initially discredited, once the study was actually read it was realized that he never reported the association. His paper was bringing to light a digestive disorder, nothing more. These are the same witch hunters who also lie and tell you that there is no science disputing the efficacy of vaccines. Au contraire! There are no studies funded by the industry that manufactures and sells vaccines, let's be specific. There are tons of studies and many whistleblowers who categorically deny the efficacy of vaccines. But you'll never hear them in the drug-sponsored evening news, CNN, or any other mainstream media. People, we need to stop with the foolish belief that injecting toxins into babies is not harmful. Vaccine salesmen, including t.v. doctors, and media correspondents who are sponsored by drug companies are paid representatives, not experts. The choice is yours, unbiased common sense or sponsored sales pitch?

    August 28, 2013 at 4:54 pm |
  2. John Parker

    What's the big deal about measles?
    It's a childhood illness.
    We used to have measles (mumps, chicken pox, etc) parties so all the kids in the neighborhood would be – naturally – immunized (and sick) at the same time.

    August 28, 2013 at 5:39 am |
  3. Adam

    I enjoyed watching your piece on immunizations and Dr Gupta saying that immunizations should not be delayed. I am an immunization tech and come across the autism argument almost daily. While I try to not pass judgment on those who wish to delay immunization, I have to respect their freedom of choice. Furthermore, I try to educate those parents/patients. One common argument is that thimerosal (a preservative used in some vaccines which contains trace amounts of mercury) causes autism. However, some time circa 1980's, thimerosal was removed from nearly all pediatric immunizations licensed in the US. Since that time, autism rates have increased. If vaccines, thimerosal in particular, were the cause of autism, then rates SHOULD have decreased. Thus, proving that vaccines do NOT cause autism. Again, thank you for this piece on immunizations, and I hope you've helped changed some views and encouraged some parents to vaccinate their children.

    August 28, 2013 at 4:59 am |
  4. Heather

    I recall a time when it was SURE marihuana was a horrible thing...gateway drug even. Remember? I just don't trust the folks who make vaccines, and those that stand to gain from them $$$$$ of course. The little additives. The flu kills a few folks too. Gee, I could cross the street and get run over.... How do we know what is in that shot? We are told our food is good too, but it's poison & mostly GMO. So you see, where is the FDA on these things? Once again $$$$$ speak. See my trust issues?

    August 28, 2013 at 2:12 am |

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