I’m not a doctor, but I play one in naughty fantasy sessions.
Still, that’s not quite enough for me to feel comfortable addressing the 10,000 e-mails I’ve received from readers in the past two days asking for a serious rebuttal to the anti-vaccination crowd, following news that a family of an autistic girl was compensated for damages caused by a vaccine. I do, however, want to state for the record that the anti-vaxxers are simply wrong. Vaccines have never, ever been shown to cause autism despite many large, carefully controlled studies.
When I have more time, I’d like to pull together a nice layperson’s guide to vaccination misconceptions. In the meantime, please go read what Orac has to say about the recent hullabaloo (is that a word? I think that’s a word). Amanda has posted another good link to Orac in her Quickies post today. Also, I’m sure that Steve will have plenty to say about it on next week’s edition of The Skeptics’ Guide. Have another good skeptical link addressing the issue? Please post it below.