BBC: Don't be taken in by anti-vaccine myths on social media

1 November, 2018

Extracts below. Read online here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-45990874

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People who believe the myths spread by anti-vaccine campaigners "are absolutely wrong", England's top doctor has said.

Prof Dame Sally Davies said the MMR vaccine was safe and had been given to millions of children worldwide but uptake was currently "not good enough"...

The chief medical officer urged parents to get their children vaccinated and ignore "social media fake news"...

She said myths peddled about the dangers of vaccines on social media was one reason parents weren't taking their children to get the MMR vaccine.

"A number of people, stars, believe these myths - they are wrong," she said...

"People who spread these myths, when children die they will not be there to pick up the pieces or the blame."...

In 1998, a study by former doctor Andrew Wakefield incorrectly linked the MMR vaccine to autism. The research is now completely discredited...

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