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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Another Takedown of Another Antivax Myth

In The Politics of Autism, I look at the discredited notion that vaccines cause autism.

Amy Sherman at
The federal government tried to hide that a common vaccine given to children causes autism, according to a misleading viral story on Facebook.
 "Now it’s official: FDA announced that vaccines are causing autism," stated a headline on

The website states that it aims "to raise awareness to issues ignored by the media." We contacted the email address listed on the website and did not get a reply. Part way through our reporting the story was no longer accessible on the website.
The misleading story has circulated at least since March 2016 when Snopes debunked it. stated "Now it’s official: FDA announced that vaccines are causing autism."
But the FDA did no such thing. The evidence cited is taken out of context, inaccurate or out of date. We rate this claim Pants on Fire.