Guess Who Thinks Vaccines Are Connected to Mass Shootings?
Not surprisingly, they weren’t done…
A recent discussion on an anti-vaccine Facebook group asking if there was a connection between vaccines and mass shootings got nearly 1000 comments.
What’s the overall consensus of the group?
Of course they do!
“NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is deeply saddened by the tragic events that occurred over the weekend in Texas and Ohio. These mass shootings are far too common and impact every corner of our nation. Every time we experience a tragedy like this, people with mental illness are drawn into the conversation. The truth is that the vast majority of violence is not perpetrated by people with mental illness. Statements to the contrary only serve to perpetuate stigma and distract from the real issues.
NAMI sees gun violence as a national public health crisis that impacts everyone.”
NAMI Statement on Mass Shootings in Texas and Ohio
Even Larry Cook, the groups founder, has his own secret theory about how vaccines are associated with mass shootings. My guess is that his conspiracy theory involves nanobots…
“The MMR vaccine has been associated with a very small risk of febrile seizure as a side effect. Two recent studies indicate that for every 10,000 children who get the MMR and varicella vaccines for their first vaccinations when they are 12–23 months old, about 4 will have a febrile seizure during the 5–12 days following vaccination.”
Understanding the Risk of Febrile Seizures After the First Vaccination at Ages 12–47 Months
It can cause febrile seizures, but even then, it is only at about a rate of 1 in 2500 children after the first dose (0.04%).
Is that “five times the rate from the actual measles infection?”
As I’m sure you are guessing, the answer is obviously no.
Overall, seizures occur in about 0.6% to 0.7% of measles cases!
In addition, actual measles infections can cause non-febrile seizures, which are much more serious than febrile seizures.
Also, measles can cause encephalitis, a life-threatening complication that is often accompanied by seizures.
This is in contrast to simple febrile seizures, which again, are typically considered to be harmless.