The Republican presidential candidate's debate last night brought us back to the subject of vaccinations. People love conspiracies, I guess, and some people just cannot accept facts. So, one more time, we needed a responsible person to remind the world that vaccinations save lives! That's what they do! And they don't cause autism. Aaron Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Illinois filled the role of explainer-in-chief on today's NYTimes' Upshot blog.
Questions about vaccines and autism were asked not only of Donald Trump, but also of the two physicians taking part: Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon, and Rand Paul, an ophthalmologist. The doctors, at least, should know better.
Here are the facts:
Vaccines aren’t linked to autism.Carroll laments the fact that the subject of vaccinations has to keep coming up for discussion because every time it does it undoubtedly cements the idea in various believing brains that some of this bologna is really true.
The number of vaccines children receive is not more concerning than it used to be.
Delaying their administration provides no benefit, while leaving children at risk.
All the childhood vaccines are important.