The origin of the vaccines cause Autism myth

The myth that 97% of Scientists believe that humans are the main cause of climate change originated in something a cartoonist once wrote. Now it has also been revealed that the idea that vaccines cause autism has a dodgy genesis as well. quote.

Where Did the Myth About Vaccines and Autism Come From?

A 1998 study falsely linked MMR vaccine and autism. The paper was retracted and its author lost his medical license, but the idea stuck.

We don’t know what causes autism, but we know it is not vaccines.
Sometimes there are two sides of an issue, and sometimes there aren’t. When it comes to the safety of vaccines, there’s only one side. Vaccines are safe. They do not cause autism and they do save lives.

But where did that false idea about autism originate in the first place? Seth Mnookin, a lecturer at MIT, gives the history in his book “The Panic Virus.” In 1998, a British doctor named Andrew Wakefield claimed he found a link between autism and the MMR vaccine. MMR stands for measles, mumps, and rubella. It was a tiny study, just 12 people.

Investigators later discovered Dr. Wakefield had fudged his data. The paper was retracted and Wakefield lost his medical license. Numerous studies since then have thoroughly debunked the idea that vaccines cause autism. But once the idea was out there in the public, it stuck.

One reason the myth is so persistent is that autism is on the rise, and we don’t know why. Parents are right to be frightened about that, but they are wrong if they think vaccines are to blame. We don’t know what causes autism, but we know it is not vaccines.

In a way, vaccines are a victim of their own success. They work so well, we’ve forgotten just how terrifying diseases like polio, measles, whooping cough, and diphtheria used to be. But we are starting to see a small glimpse of those bad old days. The current measles outbreak that began at Disneyland is spreading because significant numbers of children in some communities are not vaccinated.

[…] The problem is, when it comes to vaccines one person’s choice affects everyone else as well.  end quote.


Western countries are now experiencing outbreaks of diseases like measles that were previously almost completely eradicated. This is because too many parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children. I also suspect that the number of third world people coming into our countries bringing with them diseases that previously hadn’t existed in our countries or had been previously eliminated are part of the problem as well.