Well, I've been told in a few threads that people don't want a debate and I should p1ss off and start my own thread. Ok, lets see how this goes then
Please no blogs, AVN/opinion pieces to support the anti vax side - credible sources only please.
Firstly, the autism debate. Well, as far as I can tell, there is no debate. Most people are familiar with Andrew Wakefields study (now discredited and Wakefield was struck off the medical register). However anec-data still proliferates and there is still a widespread belief that there is a connection.
Whilst many are familiar with Wakefields work, less are familiar with this study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1124634/ It received a lot less press and makes no sensationalist claims but it has real data that unequivocally refutes a vaccine-autism link. How? By analysing the vaccine status of 537303 children. That's right, over half a million children over a 7 year period. What specifically did they find?
The authors found that “There was no increase in the risk of autistic disorder or other autistic-spectrum disorders among vaccinated children as compared with unvaccinated children (adjusted relative risk of autistic disorder, 0.92; 95% confidence interval, 0.68 to 1.24; adjusted relative risk of other autistic-spectrum disorders, 0.83; 95% confidence interval, 0.65 to 1.07).”
It's not opinion, it's not propaganda it's just data. Data which clearly shows there is no link.
I'll post more info as I retrieve it (I haven't looked at a lot of my sources for some time).
Why do this? Honestly because I fear the resurgence of VPD's of vaccination rates decline. I work in public health and in all honesty what I've seen already scares the bejebus out of me.