Vaccinate your kids, people!

So NZ has a surprisingly low vaccination rate, and now we are  in the middle of a measles outbreak .

I hope our low vaccination rates are not due to parents buying into the myth that vaccines cause autism, and thinking they are protecting their children by not immunising them.  Anyone who believes this should read the last chapter in Ben Goldacre’s book Bad Science – where he does an excellent job of outlining where that myth came from (one small shoddily constructed study), how the media has overextrapolated and mis-interpreted the science to create a “scare” when there never really has been one, and what the research really shows.  If you don’t have the book, check out his website for much of the same information.

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