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The Science of Anti-Vaccination

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Fewer children in the United States are getting vaccinated. That’s bad news for those kids, and also for public health in general. Often, the response is to argue and debate and get angry at people who are we see as making terrible, irrational decisions. Instead of doing that, let’s use science to understand why this is happening in the first place.

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Sources:
Meta-Analysis of the Safety of Vaccines: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/134/2/325
The Internet and the Psychology of Vaccination Decisions: http://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=19849
Naturalness Bias: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18319507
Omission Bias and Vaccines: http://mdm.sagepub.com/content/14/2/118
Difficulty in changing minds once they’re made: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2014/02/25/peds.2013-2365
Onset Patterns of Autism: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2857525/
Bad is Stronger than Good - Negativity Bias: http://assets.csom.umn.edu/assets/71516.pdf
Parental Vaccine Decision Making: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24011751
Read more about Risk Perception: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Risk_perception
And Explanatory Style: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Explanatory_style
http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/autism/detail_autism.htm

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Black Jack . 2018-12-09
Black death was natural as well as malaria epidemics.
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BaconandEggs . 2018-12-09
This video was almost as long as the average lifespan as an anti-vaxxers kids
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babygurl xo . 2018-12-09
Eww you people are disgusting with your comments just because we're against being injected with God knows what doesn't mean were spreading diseases if anything you guys are with your negative brainwashed sicko selves
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BetheVillage . 2018-12-08
Where is the science????? Just a whole lot of psycho babble to me!
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Vladimir Putin . 2018-12-08
Yeah I was never vaccined primarily because they never really told me what it was for and what ingredients were in. So I never got my hands on any declaration form though I have no issue with it and I don't think it causes autism.
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Garlic Soda . 2018-12-08
When your cousins mom is anti vax and he turns three ☠️👻
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SevenD 77 . 2018-12-08
Your projected audience are those who have doubt about vaccines, they'll stumble across this video and look no further due to their lack of knowledge on the topic but will accept this load of crap you've presented as truth. Shame on you! It is clear that you are not a father, no parent, responsible loving parent that is...would ever research into vaccines and say what you're saying, worse, make a video telling tall tales as such. Clearly you profit in some way or another from big Pharma. May God have mercy upon your soul come judgement day.
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Kik Rothschild . 2018-12-08
I'm not vaccinated, because I ended up in the ER as an infant due to high fever and illness as a result of my 1st series of vaccines. To start every school year i had to bring medical records showing i wasn't a risk. I had amazing health until I had the Gardisil vaccine at 15. Within a short period of time I became very sick, my C Reactive protein was through the roof and i was soon diagnosed with Hashimotos Thyroiditis. I am a 1st hand example of how these vaccines can be harmful for some. Just because you're okay doesnt mean they're right for everyone. Stop fearing people that arent vaccinated, simply make your own choice.
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no u . 2018-12-08
Welp. Guess im in the middle
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Shroud of Light . 2018-12-08
Tell all your garbage to this lady: https://youtu.be/nWzmqe5bwf8
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Jaisy Weleski . 2018-12-07
I actually wish it would address issues other than autism. I myself don’t believe the autism link but I do worry about combos given to babies and would like clear answers on that side of things. Why give so many at once and why can’t I opt to have them given separately? What’s the harm in that request?
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Malacki 655 . 2018-12-07
I didn't vaccinate my kids and the ones that lived turned out fine!
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Jaashwant Sanichar . 2018-12-07
As a teen with autism I’m fully offended by the anti vaccine movement because of that paper they made about the mmr vaccine from a paper from the past it has to be an environmental issue like spraying stuff in the house with a newborn or anything else
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An Ordinary Dog . 2018-12-07
me as a doctor
Me: Ok so your child is overdue for the polio vaccine
Parent: keep your poison out of my child
Me: cool takes a vial of water out of my desk and proceeds to put a drop on the child's arm
Parent: what is that?
Me: polio
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New Acc Who This Boof . 2018-12-07
You must have autism to believe vaccines give autism
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TheSethxy . 2018-12-07
This video hasn't aged well.
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Feriin . 2018-12-06
Who wants to bet this is a bunch of lies from shills?
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I cant even . 2018-12-06
Rather my child have autism than dead from a preventable disease
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Vinh Vinh . 2018-12-06
Where do you learn these biases? It’s intriguing
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Adro Harv . 2018-12-05
when I'm of a doubtful mind over something I never commit. There's enough for me to doubt over vaccines and I'm never ever ill anyway so it's an easy choice for me
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Supercat 11 . 2018-12-05
Guys, if you drink 10 liters of water you will die
Why aren't there more people in the anti-water movement
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Ultimon X . 2018-12-05
Lol your 4x more likely to die from being struck by lightning then to get a bad result from vaccination
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Nate W . 2018-12-05
As someone diagnosed with High-Functioning Autism, I find the whole anti-vaccination movement insulting. I feel like it’s saying it better to die than be different than everyone else.

I don’t feel like I need to be cured, or believe that vaccines have anything to do with it. My autism doesn’t define who I am, and no child should ever feel like it makes them a lesser person for it.
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Animal Facts . 2018-12-05
SCIENCE!!!
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MAC AND CHEESE . 2018-12-05
What science? There is science behind that movement?
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신동범 . 2018-12-04
wow this vid is very neutral in its wordings yet the satire shows. nicely presented. So the 3.3k ppl are up for the population control? Natural selection at its finest.
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Tsavorite Prince . 2018-12-03
Kinda great that in another paper, the guy who said vaccines were bad promoted one kind of vaccine. Hmmm.
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Magma Ball . 2018-12-03
Guess i'l die.
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Bit Cloud . 2018-12-03
So you can appreciate this videos attempt at an scientific non bias analysis of the issue. Though you can also recognize his bias approach to the issue. Basically saying that any people who question are misinformed and trust the experts who have done the science. I am also a scientist and one of the most fundamental understanding of science is that it can be wrong and has been many times. Science has rewritten itself on many topics countless times we all know that. Why would a scientist behave as if he doesn't understand that is questionable to me. Vaccines in no way have been proven to be completely safe by anyone. If that were so Congress would not have needed to pass a law giving Vaccine Companies immunity from prosecution for injuries caused by vaccines even death, total immunity. Things like the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program wouldn't exist. Things like VAERS wouldnt exist. And that had paided millions in compensation to victims many millions actually. And really just look at this comment section. Completely full of derogatory comments towards people who question if vaccines are completely safe. The ignorance is appaling because the truth is they aren't completely safe and many people have been harmed by vaccines if they bothered to look into the topic. People saying I'd rather have autism than be dead. Or Id rather have this disease or that than be dead. Is an gross oversimplification of the issue. Do you really believe if you go unvaccinated it is guaranteed death or disease??? Or if you get vaccinated you won't face death or disease?? There is an difference between vaccination and immunization. Have you bothered to look up the efficacy rates of these vaccines? I must say the Pro Vaccine group is just a full of ignorant people as they claim the "anti vaxxers" group is. Its very....strange to me that people who question the safety of chemicals in untested combinations being put into themselves and their children are being painted as these bad ignorant people who even have a derogatory name now "antivaxxer". While people who doesn't question the safety at all and blindy follow what the "experts" say without any sort of need to verify thier credentials or reasearch just assume everything an " expert" says is the unaltered truth and has your best interests in mind are being painted as some sort of wise well informed "good people".
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themanzl . 2018-12-03
I think the definition of autism has gotten broader. I think that autism caused by vaccines is just a conspiracy theory. I've heard theories that some vaccines give you the virus that it's trying to protect you from. Makes sense, but vaccines give you proteins that mimic those of the virus. At least I've read that at a vaccine website.
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B Mell . 2018-12-03
People that don’t believe in getting their children vaccinated will change their minds soon enough.... when all those kids begin to die.
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Elijah Ekiridzo . 2018-12-02
How many god damn biases are they for god sakes
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drreiserer . 2018-12-02
This rant has nothing to do with science. It is a rationalization that ignores quite a lot of the recent science on vaccines.Hank is starting to sound like a shill for pharmaceutical companies that make billions on vaccines. I am all for safe immunization, but not all vaccines are safe. Do your own research and don't settle for "a doctor said so." Doctors have biases, too. Ask for the scientific studies that show vaccines to be safe. They are not available because the CDC does not require them. Vaccination can and should be a public health success story, but there are real problems that need to be discussed and solved. Read your vaccine inserts. They actually tell you the risks, because they are required to. I used to like this show. I unsubscribed. Check this link: https://youtu.be/eMrFV2rnHlo
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Cara Marais . 2018-12-02
The docter who said vaccines cause autism was payd to say that and used only 12 kids for the study. His licence was taken away.
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Imperialdude94 Gaming . 2018-12-02
Too bad that the kids won't even learn science.
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Greg Swaim . 2018-12-01
@SciShow: You are uninformed regarding vaccines.
lol...Have you gotten your Gardasil vaccination yet young man?? Gardosil is heavily linked to sterility among both males and females and you are definitely someone with no business whatsoever reproducing...
Don't wait, get vaxxed today!!😃
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dragenfire68 . 2018-12-01
I hope the next deadly breakout genocides the human race
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Tim jefferson . 2018-12-01
Fake news
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Maevna . 2018-12-01
That statement at 4:57 needs an entire video of its own
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ANIME FREAK . 2018-12-01
First things first I'm from the Pharmacy industry …. the big pharma that is the villain in mins of all these anti vaccination idiots. Many of whom say that big pharma lobbies to keep vaccines compulsory. Well let's tell you that if you don't vaccine the probability of you getting a communicable disease is very high! And once you get the disease the treatment is expensive than the vaccine which mind you is permanent. So I don't know why the "big pharma" would support Vaccination. But well you expect these idiots to have a shred of neurons right?
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William David Hilton . 2018-11-30
Over 3 billion dollars in awards have been paid to victims of injuries to the gut caused by vaccinations. Like all drugs, vaccines have bad side effects. Polio was already disappearing when the polio vaccine came out. It didn't require a vaccine to end the Black Death in Europe. It just ran its course. The same is true with polio. It will return at some point. And people who have been vaccinated can still get the disease, and do.
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Dan . 2018-11-30
Michael W. Elice, M.D.
As a board certified pediatrician, I took the same oath as all physicians, “to do no harm.”

The latest media presentation of the measles outbreak at Disneyland as a result of unvaccinated children is very upsetting to me. We are being fed information that is essentially inaccurate by media journalists – none of whom have medical degrees – which may actually be promoting medical harm to our children.

The latest reports blaming a failure of the measles vaccine on the unvaccinated population are not accurate, and in some reports, not true at all. In fact, over the past 30 years, there have been similar numbers of measles cases reported in various areas of the United States. Studies published in leading medical journals, such as the New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Epidemiology, American Journal of Public Health and others around the world have confirmed small numbers, 75-140 cases of measles annually. So why then is the latest statistic of over 90 cases of measles spread over 14 states, representing tens of millions of people being billed as an epidemic?

The media would have us believe that this is a result of the fringe population of anti-vaxers who refuse to have their children vaccinated according the guidelines of the current vaccine schedule. Medical reporting has brought to light the glaring ineffectiveness of the measles vaccines in fulfilling their widely claimed promise of preventing outbreaks in highly vaccine compliant populations. In fact, measles outbreaks have occurred in populations that have been vaccinated on the average of 77%- 99%, not the so-called anti-vaxers.

Last year 1 in every 500,000 Americans came down with the measles. Nearly all recovered in a few days without serious consequences. At the same time 1 in 68 American children were diagnosed with autism or for every case of measles there were 7000 cases of autism. I ask myself which is the real epidemic here?
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Little Dreamer . 2018-11-29
*pseudoscience
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Jun Gleno . 2018-11-29
Do you really trust your government to do what's best for you? The pharmaceutical companies are making billions off the vaccines and their lobbyists are paying off the politicians to promote vaccinations. As with everything, follow the money. These so-called scientific studies saying vaccines are safe are paid for by the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture the vaccines.
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Cat Loving Trio . 2018-11-28
My natural bias is so weak it's negative.
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Kazenori . 2018-11-28
3.3k people don’t vaccinate their children ;)
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Hannah Schaffer . 2018-11-27
This guy is paid by pharmaceutical companies to say this.
All mainstream media is.
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Geo Beach . 2018-11-27
I feel like autism is on the rise because having older parents is on the rise, I am a member of Gen Z, and one of my parents is a part of the later baby boomers and the other is an early gen Xer. Many of my friends have similar ages for their parents. And it has been well documented that having older parents lead to increased rates of autism.
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camoniemon . 2018-11-27
would you eat foil? No cuz it’s not good for your body. Would you eat a rubber glove? No cuz it’s not good for your body. Did you know there is aluminum in vaccines? Did you know there’s latex rubber in vaccines??? Did you know there is mercury in vaccines? I am not anti-vaccines I am pro- let’s fix these vaccines. But if refusing to put aluminum mercury and rubber in my newborn child makes me crazy then I’ll be crazy.
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