CNN: Few swayed by fraud finding in autism study

http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/01/06/autism.reactions/index.html

Here's great news: you know how some idiot jerk named Andrew Wakefield published a fraud of a study that falsely linked important vaccines to autism? Remember how the public went into a fury, and Jenny McCarthy was on TV all the time talking about the evils of vaccination? Remember how Wakefield's study was subsequently discredited and retracted after it was proved he falsified the medical histories of everyone in his study, and he was stripped of his license?

Well, apparently despite that, people are still freaking out about vaccines and autism. Anti-vaccinism is the new religion, and like all religions it's rooted in fear and values passion over reason. Evidence? Pfft. Science? Fbblltt. Meanwhile, more kids are dying of treatable diseases like the measles and whooping cough.

This is often framed as a personal choice issue: "We shouldn't have to get our kids vaccinated if we don't want to!" But vaccines work through herd immunity – if the number of vaccinated persons drops below a certain percentage (like, say, 90%), everyone is at risk. So when parents decide not to immunize their children, they're not just putting their own kids at risk – they're putting other people's kids at risk too.

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