Myth: Vaccines Cause Autism
This is probably the most important thing to address in an article about medical myths. Vaccines have not ever been shown to have a role in causing autism. It is important to note that autism is something one is born with and does not just show up later on because of a shot or vaccine. There are a few reasons people believe this. First, it’s likely because we start vaccines pretty young, usually at the 2-month stage. Autism does not typically show up heavily until a child is around 18 months to 2 years old. By then, they would have likely had several vaccines. It is also due to a study that has since been debunked multiple times with pretty much every researcher involved claiming it was incorrect. Therefore, we still are wondering why there are so many who believe autism can be caused by a vaccine.
Where Do We Find This Stuff? Here Are Our Sources:
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
United States Federal Drug Administration (FDA)
Organization for Economic Co-Operation & Development (OECD)
The American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology
International Concussion Society