Object 2: Online article – “VACCINE MYTHS DEBUNKED”

May 27, 2021


A vaccine encourages a person’s immune system to protect themselves from specific diseases. Vaccines are usually given through injections. The thought of injecting a product into your body may not sound pleasing to some due to the many side effects possibly given. Whilst living through a world-wide pandemic, discussions of getting the vaccine have increased causing there to be a higher contrast in anti-vaxxers and people who accept vaccines. For years there have been debates on whether the parents of a child would allow their child to have a vaccine. This is all due to the false information, just like this article, which helped spread and influence people’s choices.

This picture from an article enriches this exhibition as there is false belief about vaccines being spread. This information gives an entirely new opinion challenging peoples decisions, especially the people who may not be very educated on this topic. Although this information was first shared in 1997, having it release in a reputable medical journal shows the possible trust in the information shown. This gives the readers more of a reason to believe that vaccines cause autism due to how highly rated this article was due to the amount of reviews. The importance of protecting someone from a disease is at risk as this information dates back from the 1990’s.

The study was removed from the journal recently as there were mistakes found due to the many errors. After seven more studies of finding a link between vaccines and autism but there was no evidence found. The use of language in the article such as, “measles’, “mumps” and “rubella” communicate negatively to the readers. To conclude, this shows the challenges spreading information which may be falsely miscommunicated to the public and how often information can be believed without having sufficient evidence.

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