What Fraction of the Public Thinks Autism Is Linked to Vaccines?

by John Sides on December 5, 2012 · 7 comments

in Public opinion,Science

29%, in a new YouGov survey.  Adam Berinsky has more here.

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Brian Arbour December 5, 2012 at 8:58 pm

I believe the link between autism and vaccines was proven by the Pannetta-Burns commission.

Talia December 6, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Bwahahahahahaha!

NO.

Phil C. December 5, 2012 at 11:07 pm
andrew December 6, 2012 at 12:28 am

And once again the crazification factor reveals itself.

Ben December 6, 2012 at 8:25 am

I don’t think it’s crazy. While I intend on getting my children vaccinated, I will be very cautious as to what vaccines are used and will forego some such as the chicken pox vaccine. Consider:

1. It looks like there are environmental factors that contribute to autism including mercury, although the author points out that there are no links to vaccines. saferchemicals (dot) org /pdf/landrigan-what-causes-autism.pdf

2. Thiomersal is a mercury-based preservative. Thus, something sounds fishy to many people.

Couple that with the FDA’s concern and work to significantly reduce or eliminate its use as a preservative especially for children, fda (dot) gov /BiologicsBloodVaccines/SafetyAvailability/VaccineSafety/UCM096228, and you can see why there is some concern about its use and affect.

Finally, there are credible organizations, like the National Autism Association, that believe that vaccines are linked to autism disorders. You might say that these people are looking for answers and will find them no matter they are right or not. They are, however, no more bias than big pharma funded vaccine studies, which if they found that there weren’t links to autism could shield themselves from liability.

Talia December 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Ben, will you join the rest of us in the 21st century? Because most vaccines no longer contain mercury, and you’d know that if you’d bothered to do even minimal research on the subject in the past ten years.

Adam December 6, 2012 at 1:29 pm

“Thiomersal is a mercury-based preservative. Thus, something sounds fishy to many people.”

Despite the fact that there was no evidence of harmful effects, the FDA and vaccine manufacturers agreed to remove thimerosal from all vaccines in the United States in 1999 as a precaution. This was done to appease worried parents, but it also presented a great opportunity to test a hypothesis. If thimerosal was indeed a cause of autism, rates should have GONE DOWN in the decade after it was removed. What really happened? Autism rates continued to slowly rise, thus disproving the thimerosal-autism link.

The anti-vax crowd was proved utterly wrong on this one, and yet they still bring up thimerosal as if it’s evidence in favor of their beliefs. Please come to terms with the fact you’re 14 years behind in looking at the real scientific evidence.

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