Rob Schneider thinks vaccinations cause autism; medical science says he’s wrong. (Anti-vaccination celebrities, Part 1)

This is a terrific piece looking at vaccines and the complete lack of evidence tying them to autism…. really Rob Shneider???? You were Deuce Bigalow…

The Science Writing Blog

Rob Schneider

State Farm Insurance recently dropped Rob Schneider from their advertising. Why? Rob Schneider says vaccines cause autism.

Here’s a screenshot:

Rob Schneider Anti Vaccination Video

“Yes, vaccines and autism are linked.” – Rob Schneider

Rob Schneider is not a doctor, and he is not supported by any legitimate medical research.

This requires a point-by-point debunking.

1. “in the last 30 years, the childhood vaccine schedule has tripled, while the US autism rate has skyrocketed from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 50.”

There are multiple things wrong with this statement.

A. Correlation does not equal causation

We all know this statement by now, right? I don’t need to explain this.

The penguin population has been declining, and autism diagnosis has been increasing. Would saving penguins fight autism? No, since there is no causal relationship. (If you have any studies suggestion otherwise, please let me know.)

B. Autism diagnoses, not rates, have been increasing


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