1 in 4 parents believes stupid shit

The number is actually probably much more than 1 in 4, but those are the results of a study which has concluded that 25% of parents believe vaccines cause autism.

One in four U.S. parents believes some vaccines cause autism in healthy children, but even many of those worried about vaccine risks think their children should be vaccinated.

Most parents continue to follow the advice of their children’s doctors, according to a study based on a survey of 1,552 parents. Extensive research has found no connection between autism and vaccines.

“Nine out of 10 parents believe that vaccination is a good way to prevent diseases for their children,” said lead author Dr. Gary Freed of the University of Michigan. “Luckily their concerns don’t outweigh their decision to get vaccines so their children can be protected from life-threatening illnesses.”

That’s about par for the anti-vaccine crowd. I believe this will be harmful to my child, but not really. Yes. No.

Sometimes dumbness is coddled. Fortunately, this is not one of those times.

Some doctors are taking a tough stand, asking vaccine-refusing parents to find other doctors and calling such parents “selfish.”

A statement from a group practice near Philadelphia outlines its doctors’ adamant support for government recommended vaccines and their belief that “vaccines do not cause autism or other developmental disabilities.”

“Furthermore, by not vaccinating your child you are taking selfish advantage of thousands of other who do vaccinate their children … We feel such an attitude to be self-centered and unacceptable,” the statement says, urging those who “absolutely refuse” vaccines to find another physician.


One point of note, this study was conducted through an online survey. It isn’t like those utterly random, selection-bias polls that populate every corner of the Internet, but still. C’mon.