Vaccine Resources: Fighting Anti-Vaccine Myths and Misinformation

Vaccines and Autism

“In recent years the antivaccine movement has focused on the claim that vaccines are linked to neurological injury, and specifically to the neurological disorder autism, now referred to as autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However the scientific evidence overwhelmingly shows no correlation between vaccines in general, the MMR vaccine specifically, or thimerosal (a mercury-based preservative) in vaccines with ASD or other neurodevelopmental disorders.”

“One of the biggest myths that antivaccinationists believe and like to use to stoke the fear of vaccines is the concept that they are full of “toxins.” The myth that mercury in the thimerosal preservative commonly used in vaccines in the U.S. until early 2002 was a major cause of autism is simply the most recent bogeyman used to try to argue that vaccines do more harm than good, as was the scare campaign engineered in response to Andrew Wakefield’s poor science claiming a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. Now that study after study have failed to find or corroborate a link between thimerosal in vaccines or vaccines in general and autism to the point where even the most zealous of zealots are having a hard time defending the claim that mercury in vaccines cause autism any more, predictably the campaign against vaccines has fallen back on the old “toxins” myth.”

Statements In Support of Vaccines From Major Science and Medical Organizations

American Medical Association-  “Addressing the re-emergence of vaccine preventable diseases in the United States requires states to move toward barring non-medical exemptions to immunization mandates, according to new policy adopted by the nation’s physicians at the American Medical Association’s annual meeting. Under new policy…

Guide to the 50 most common anti-vaccine myths and misinformation.

How to win an argument about vaccines

Top Ten Infographics

Autism and Vaccines Infographic

“According to national health care claims data from 1994-2012, CDC researchers found that there were 93 percent fewer hospitalizations for chickenpox in 2012 compared to before the vaccine was introduced. During the two-dose varicella vaccination period (2006-2012), hospitalizations declined 38 percent. Outpatient visits also dropped significantly. There were 84 percent fewer outpatient visits in 2012 versus the pre-vaccination period. During the two-dose varicella vaccination period (2006-2012), outpatient visits declined 60 percent.”

Vaccine Injury

“While it is true that since it began in 1989, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (or Vaccine Program) has awarded $2,671,223,269.97 (as of March 2014), it is important to keep in mind that:

  • most cases are settled and not based on a court decision
  • many cases are dismissed

And most importantly, keep in mind that almost 2 billion doses of vaccines were given between 2006 and 2012, as compared to only 1,328 payments made by the Vaccine Program.” (That’s .0001328%) During 2000-2013, measles vaccination prevented an estimated 15.6 million deaths making measles vaccine one of the best buys in public health.


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