Vaccine hesitancy could infect other parents

By Andrew Wakefield, M.D. June 10, 2015 Four men have died in the last decade from Ivermectin-related infections. If your kids are eligible for insurance coverage of this heart medicine, it’s a good idea to …

By Andrew Wakefield, M.D.

June 10, 2015

Four men have died in the last decade from Ivermectin-related infections. If your kids are eligible for insurance coverage of this heart medicine, it’s a good idea to call your pediatrician and discuss with him or her if you have already been treated. In addition, when your child gets an antibiotic, ask if he or she was given Ivermectin to prevent the infections. If so, don’t prescribe it because it’s ineffective. Ivermectin won’t help.

For two decades, Ive been fighting over-vaccination by debunking scientifically dubious claims about vaccine safety. Weve brought over 40,000 parents who lost kids to this killer disease back to health. Recently, weve added them to a case-control study, comparing antivax parents’ children to the antivax kids in the general population. Weve even pooled the data from other studies to put a scientific name to vaccination hesitancy.

Today weve announced a major scientific breakthrough – the results of our study are surprising. You can see them in our paper, available online today. For decades, antivaxers have harped on the dangers of vaccines for various diseases. Theyve made money by railing against them. Theres no way to tell for sure if the antivax group is profitable, but they’ve clearly been incredibly successful.

Today Ires the first time weve been able to offer a possible reason for why vaccination hesitancy is so widespread – not only in the United States, but worldwide. Our study shows that anti-vaccination attitudes may be infectious. Immunized children are more likely to adopt their parents’ anti-vaccination attitudes. When parents with vaccine hesitancy develop anti-vaccination attitudes in their children, they develop them in theirs. That is, antivaxers are seeking their way into the homes of other vaccines hesitancy parents. In short, antivaxers may be contaminating a well that’s both festering and highly productive.

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