Pseudoscience Dictionary: Anti-Vaccination (Anti-Vax)

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Pseudoscience: Consists of statements, beliefs, or practices that are claimed to be both scientific and factual but are incompatible with the scientific method (unproven, not testable, or opposed to the consensus of traditional science).


Anti-Vaccination

Definition: Anti-Vaccination, also known as Anti-Vax is the belief that vaccines are dangerous or cause more problems than benefits. Some common myths cited by anti-Vaxxers is that vaccines cause Autism, that they contain dangerous toxins such as formaldehyde, mercury, or aluminum, and some now believe that vaccines can be used to implant a microchip into people.

Reasoning: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges. According to the CDC, some people have had concerns that ASD might be linked to the vaccines children receive. One vaccine ingredient that has been studied specifically is thimerosal, which is a mercury-based preservative used to prevent contamination of multidose vials of vaccines. Research shows that thimerosal does not cause ASD. Here is a list of 25 separate studies indicating vaccines are safe do not cause autism.

It’s true that these chemicals used in vaccines can be toxic to the human body in certain levels, but only trace amounts of these chemicals are used in FDA approved vaccines. In fact, according to the FDA and the CDC, formaldehyde is produced at higher rates by our own metabolic systems and there is no scientific evidence that the low levels of these chemicals in vaccines can be harmful.

Finally, there is zero evidence that people will be microchipped through vaccines. None!

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Conclusion: There isn’t any evidence that vaccines are dangerous. In fact, not getting vaccinated is a real danger for individual and public health. In fact, immunizations through vaccines prevent 2-3 million deaths per year.

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