A few weeks ago I saw an infographic making the rounds about vaccines. It claimed that vaccines work and promised to give you the facts, but as I was reading through the long list of so-called “facts,” I found myself knee-high in misinformation.
This infographic claimed that we live disease-free lives and owe this to vaccines – a great medical advancement. It gave a one-sided history of the creation of the first vaccine, an inaccurate account of the smallpox campaign, hailed the ineffective flu shot, misinterpreted the Lancet study, smeared Wakefield, blamed Jenny McCarthy for the “anti-vaccine movement” that has been around since the 1800s, attributed autism to anything but vaccines, dishonestly claimed that neurotoxins and hazardous wastes are safe, and said we shouldn’t have a choice whether or not to vaccinate, because we disrupt the herd immunity that doesn’t apply to vaccines.
I know. I needed a glass of wine after I read it too. I certainly hope that no one rushed out and injected their kids without doing a little fact-checking. I hope that nobody used that infographic as a “weapon” against those who don’t vaccinate without doing a little research because that’s just not cool (or smart).
Despite what you may have been led to believe, you are perfectly capable of using your brain and asking questions, no special credentials required. If you are going to vaccinate your child, you deserve the facts.