Next time you are driving along Third Street in Bend, take a look at the new billboard put up near the Bend River Promenade. It’s not clear who put it up but it reads:
“Childhood Vaccine Doses
24 in 1988
72 in 2019
Chronic illness (with an arrow pointed up) 42%
Educate before you vaccinate”
What is a person to do when confronted with information like this?
The most important thing we’d suggest: Don’t get your medical information from a billboard. Talk to your doctor.
We know people have questions about vaccines. We know some people have heard there are dark secrets about vaccines that doctors, pharmaceutical companies and others are trying to hide from the public.
But when you want to learn about something, do you trust what viral Facebook posts say? Or a billboard? They are reasons to ask questions. They aren’t reason to dismiss established science.
Let’s talk about the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, commonly called MMR. The Annals of Internal Medicine published a study earlier this year that examined what happened to 650,000 Danish children. “The risk for autism was no different in children who got the MMR vaccine than in children who did not,” the study read. “This remained true even among children who had risk factors for autism, such as a sibling with autism or an older father.”
Does that answer everybody’s questions about vaccines, safety and effectiveness? No, it does not. It’s one study. But there’s plenty more like it. St. Charles Medical Center working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also has information available at vaxforthat.org
And remember, although things like polio, diphtheria, and measles aren’t something many of us experience any more, they are nasty. The reason we don’t experience them so much any more is because of vaccines.
Talk to your doctor about vaccines.