From government conspiracies to autism, vaccine outreach programs have been repeatedly called into suspicion, sometimes for understandable reasons. The long-circulating belief that vaccines cause autism, for example, resulted from research published in The Lancet, one of the world’s oldest and best known general medical journals. And while the author of that research was later found to have fabricated his results, the myth still lives on in popular imagination even as dozens of subsequent studies have proven vaccines to be safe.
Dr. Linda Girgis, a family medical physician with one of the busiest practices in New Jersey, still sees a lot of parents questioning the safety and efficacy of recommended vaccinations, with a few familiar themes emerging. In this video, she addresses eight common myths surrounding vaccinations worrying parents today.