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Doubts On COVID Vaccine Fueling Bigger Anti-Vax Movement

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Lingering doubts about the COVID vaccine might fuel a dangerous rise in a broader anti-vax movement. Doctors are fearing that vaccine hesitancy on COVID is leading to skepticism about other vaccines.

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Professor Liam Smeeth, director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said a worrisome trend is happening. People who distrust the COVID vaccine are having doubts about vaccines. This, in turn, is fueling a bigger anti-vax movement. 

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Smeeth thinks that people go “maybe the measles vaccine isn’t great either, and maybe these other vaccines aren’t great”. He added that measles outbreaks can happen even with a minimal drop in measles vaccine uptake.

In fact, the UK reported measles outbreaks when vaccination rates dropped in the 90s and 2000s. Smeeth noted that a drop of a little beyond 90% in measles vaccination rates today can cause a serious outbreak.

1990s Featured ‘Vaccines Cause Autism’ Calls

During the late 1990s, the anti-vax movement rallied around a study saying that vaccines cause autism. This resulted in tens of thousands of parents rejecting measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccines.

This is according to the British medical journal The Lancet. However, the journal eventually rejected the 12-year old claims of vaccines causing autism.

Subsequent studies showed that vaccines did not cause Autism Spectrum Disorder. Measles is a highly contagious viral illness that can cause pneumonia and brain inflammation. Before the introduction of the widespread use of vaccines, outbreaks happened every two or three years. 

According to the World Health Organization, measles directly led to 2.6 million deaths annually. Meanwhile, World Bank data showed that 90% of American children received their measles shots by the age of two.

This is a two-point improvement compared to 2018, the previous year. However, between 1988 and 1992, those figures fell from 98% to 83% at the height of the anti-vax movement. As a result, measles vaccination rates went below 90% for the entire four years.  

Devastating Possibilities

Gretchen LaSalle, clinical assistant professor at the Elson Floyd College of Medicine said that COVID vaccines can spark new anti-vax movements.

The politicization of the vaccines, plus a general lack of understanding, can cause devastating effects. In a survey she conducted in 2020, 20% of Americans said they became less confident in vaccines during the pandemic.

LaSalle said she hoped that the everyday news about COVID’s effects can push Americans to accept the importance of vaccines. Unfortunately, diseases like measles, which need a high vaccination of 95% and above, won’t stand a chance. 

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  • Andee says:

    Considering every decade since vaccines made their arrival and use in the human population we have seen continued increases in both immune deficient diseases and autism, I believe there is a strong connection. At the rate autism is rising every decade we will see 100% of male babies born with autism by 2050. I know I personally regret getting my children vaccinated, especially considering 2 of my 3 children are suffering from auto deficiency diseases. My young, now 20, has suffered horribly with severely crippling migraines, hearing loss in 1 ear, & chronic muscle twitching on 1 side of his body. Chronic allergies to almost everything (including to most foods). Fainting spells, ichthyosis (rare psoriasis), psoriatic arthritis, and sensory overload. The doctors have been unable to successfully diagnose him, although he shows every sign of having Elhers Dahnlos syndrome of his nervous system, of which MS is a symptom. After his 1st chicken pox vaccine as a toddler, he stumbled and fell a lot. It negatively affected his motor skills. Therefore I refused to get him the rest of these injections. I have learned from reading literature in homeopathic and naturopathic doctors offices that vaccines cause the immunity system to turn on because the vaccine tricks the body into thinking it’s sick when it’s not, but it doesn’t always turn off. This is how auto immune deficiency diseases work. They attack the body itself. There are natural ways to treat and completely eradicate diseases when one gets sick with things like measles. The knowledge is there but unfortunately not widely know or practiced.

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