How to respond to the new anti-vaccine “bombshell”

I’ve already written many posts. I even made a video. Here it is:

But there’s a new “bombshell” that everyone on my twitter feed seems to want me to address. I just don’t feel up to it. Luckily I don’t have to. David Gorski at Science-Based Medicine knocked it out of the park. “Did a high ranking whistleblower really reveal that the CDC covered up proof that vaccines cause autism in African-American boys?“:

Here we go again.

Regular readers who pay attention to the antivaccine movement almost can’t help but have noticed that last week there was a lot of activity on antivaccine websites, blogs, and Facebook pages, as well as Twitter and Instagram feeds. For all I know, it’s all out there on Pinterest (which I’ve never really understood), Tumblr, and all those other social media sites that I don’t check much, if at all. In particular, it’s been exploding under the Twitter hashtags #CDCwhistleblower, #CDCfraud, and #CDCPantsOnFire.

And then he’s off to the races. You get the players, the history, and then a very wonky and thorough explanation of all that’s wrong with this new “revelation”. Go for the snark, stay for the awesome explainer on how you can’t take a case-control study and analyze it like a cohort study.

Vaccines don’t cause autism.


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