Two in one? Yes.
Monday’s medical myth: childhood vaccinations are dangerous – Fiona Stanley, The Conversation (she happens to be local to me and very much admired by the whole country):
Because today’s parents don’t have first-hand experience with dangerous infectious diseases they can be misled by myths about the supposed dangers of childhood vaccination: for instance, whooping cough vaccine causes brain damage; the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine causes autism and vaccination causes cot death or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
There is no truth to any of these claims. We in Australia have some of the best population data in the world on vaccination outcomes in children and it’s absolutely clear these myths are just that, myths.
Then a new resource for Australia (but overseas people may find it a useful booklet too) – from the Australian Academy of Science, in the Herald Sun – The Science of Immunisation: Questions and Answers:
A 20-page booklet to be launched today explains that many more children will die from diseases such as measles, mumps and diphtheria than will be harmed by the side effects of immunisation.
The booklet, launched by the Academy of Science, will also explain why it is better to gain immunity from a vaccination than from the disease.
…The booklet tackles claims that immunisation is linked to autism and says medical studies show the incidence of autism in people who had the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine is identical to that of people who did not have it.
The booklet is produced by the Australian Academy of Science and parents can access the document here.