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The Antivax movement, whose members (antivaxers) choose not to give their kids vaccines, seems to be spreading. In 2012, the CDC found that about ten percent
of parents had delayed or forgone vaccinations. If exposed to an infectious disease, these unvaccinated kids could be infected with certain kinds of pneumonia, diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough, tetanus, polio, and the flu, while children who have been immunized would almost
never be susceptible to any of these.
Antivaxers have usually read something on the internet that convinced them. This could have been the preaching of Viera Scheibner
, who believes children need more diseases. It might be because of a study by Dr. Andrew Wakefield
that linked vaccines to autism until his publisher formally retracted it
because there wasn't any link, at all, whatsoever. It could be caused by fears about aluminum and formaldehyde in vaccines, despite these common "adjuvants
" not being capable of harming children unless the doses are multiplied to cartoonish levels
. Other antivaxers are afraid mercury is in there, which it isn't
, with one easily avoidable exception.
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