-Where to start with Taximom.......... (quotes in italics)
-You are in fact making a very spurious assumption.
-I am not here to accuse anyone of being paranoid, or crackpots, or whatever else those in the anti-vacc movement are sometimes called. Whilst there is still no scientific study showing a link between autism and vaccines, the fact that courts in at least two countries have made compensation awards shows that there is very compelling lay evidence (that is even enough to convince some scientists). I'm of the opinion that there should further scientific studies on a much larger scale and would be unsurprised if a link is found.
-However, people like TaxiMom do not do the cause any good. She has posted valid sources but completely misunderstood or misquoted them. She also draws illogical conclusions for the sake of fitting her own agenda. I consider this shameful on a message board about children's health (unless of course she is willing to admit her obvious errors, in which case she's just very sloppy).
-It is also disappointing that not one other poster has pulled her up on these, very elementary, mistakes.
-However when TaxiMom first posted the same report, she wrongly said that the report shows there are only 30 cases and not hundreds (and so the Independent are scare-mongering). She is wrong and I find it irresponsible to misrepresent the facts to fit your agenda. My only question is whether TaxiMom did this deliberately or not - but it seems odd that she could misread a simple report.
Essentially, she has twice made up two 'facts' in this thread, one of which is very easily proved wrong (her claim that the report shows there are 'only 30' reported cases- that's just not true.)
-Her other claim was that 'most of those who have been infected were fully vaccinated'. She has assumed that to fit her agenda - there is no evidence either way at this stage.
-And regarding the American and Italian courts; there is a very big difference between a court of law making a judgement and something being scientifically proven. In my job I have seen many judges make a decision which goes against scientific evidence.
- I have been very put off the current anti-vaccine 'movement' by the amount of misinformation on this forum (and others). TaxiMom has made up two facts in this thread that anyone should have been able to see were made up, but no-one in here challenged her on them - that leads me to believe that this forum is more concerned with its own agenda than the truth. This does not sit well with me.