Today we bring you a topic that combines NICHE’s desire to improve the health of northeast Indiana residents with our penchant for diving into controversies.
During the past decade, there has been much debate about the benefit of vaccinations. What was once universally believed to be a key component of pediatric care and disease prevention has become a topic of heated debate, with detractors saying that vaccines do more harm than good. The scientific evidence, however, reveals significant problems with such arguments, as noted in this piece from Science magazine: http://www.sciencemag.org/…/four-vaccine-myths-and-where-th…
And it’s not just a matter of debunking myths. There are ample sources on the positive side, with one the best resources coming from the World Health Organization: http://www.who.int/campaigns/immunization-week/2017/en/
Nevertheless, the debate continues—including in Congress, with H.R. 3615 being introduced to “conduct or support a comprehensive study comparing total health outcomes, including risk of autism, in vaccinated populations in the United States with such outcomes in unvaccinated populations in the United States, and for other purposes.” This despite there being well-documented science that refutes the tie between vaccines and autism. (See https://www.snopes.com/2017/05/17/vaccine-study-autism/)
NICHE stands firmly on the side of vaccinations as not without their drawbacks but overwhelming a net positive for society. Have you scheduled your flu shot?