Learning about the hierarchy of evidence can help you better evaluate medical studies and vaccine papers and understand that there is more to doing your research about vaccines than searching PubMed and reading abstracts.
Everyone knows that Andy Wakefield‘s fraudulent MMR study was retracted. That’s the study that got folks scared into thinking that vaccines are associated with autism. Surprisingly, it’s not the only one… Retracted Anti-Vaccine Studies Actually, it shouldn’t be surprising at all. Most studies that are touted by the anti-vaccine movement are poorly done and often …
PubMed is a giant index of journal articles, but simply being in PubMed doesn’t mean that an article or study is reliable or of high quality, whether it is about vaccines, a vaccine-preventable disease, or any other medical topic.
Learn to find trusted vaccine information, so you don’t get fooled by the latest tactics of the anti-vaccine movement.