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Debunking Vaccine Myths

A ScienceNordic article attacks four myths about vaccines in the hope of reassuring the public about their safety.

Increasing numbers of parents are opting out of vaccinating their children because they fear serious side effects. In Denmark, every 10th child goes unvaccinated against measles, mumps, and rubella, according to the article.

 In the US, rates of vaccinations are lower than in Russia and Zimbabwe, with a growing number of measles cases being reported. Denmark has had a limited number of cases. Each time a measles’ outbreak occurs, it threatens to spread to other unvaccinated children, which could cause a major outbreak.

Among the ideas disputed in the article: the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine contains mercury; the MMR causes autism, the vaccine has chemicals that are bad for one’s health and the vaccine is not really effective.

Source: ScienceNordic