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Web Exclusive: The Vaccination Debate myths debunked

Eau Claire (WQOW) – When it comes to vaccinations, the only sure thing is everyone has an opinion.

For the past several weeks News 18 has been working on a Digging Deeper piece titled The Vaccination Debate. With 704 cases of the measles confirmed in 22 different states, the vaccination debate is going as strong as ever.

While working on this report, News 18 reached out to dozens of people looking for an interview from someone who is against vaccinations. We reached out to people who had commented on Facebook posts or sent us Facebook messages on different vaccination stories done previously.

Unfortunately, nobody was willing to do an on-camera interview with us speaking out against vaccinations.

Some people decided to send us documentation instead – showing their side of the story as to why vaccinations are harmful.

With so much misinformation out on the world wide web these days, News 18 decided to take a look at the information sent to us.

One News 18 viewer sent us a document from the Institute of Medicine and said all of the evidence we need (against vaccinations) is in the report. So, we dug through the report titled “Adverse Effects of Vaccines” and found several instances supporting vaccinations in a document that on the surface appears to show proof against vaccinations.

For instance, the front page of the document spells out that vaccines are not free from side effects but “most are very rare of very mild.” It goes on to say that some adverse health problems following a vaccine may be coincidence and not caused by the vaccine.

The conclusion of the article may be the most telling of all.

“Vaccines offer the promise of protection against a variety of infectious diseases. Despite much media attention and strong opinions from many quarters, vaccines remain of the of the greatest tools in the public health arsenal.”

The take home message is – no matter which side of the argument you fall on – it is important to read through documents and find the facts in order to make the best decision for you and your families.

Another viewer sent us a Youtube video which appears to depict measles as an illness you do not need to worry about. The video did not provide any facts, however.

Our special report airs Monday at 10 p.m. If you will not be able to watch it, or missed it, you can find it here. The story’s video will be added after it airs.


Shannon Hoyt

Shannon Hoyt started out as an intern in August 2017, moving to a full-time multi-media journalist and weekend anchor before becoming Daybreak anchor and now our 6 and 10 p.m. co-anchor.

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