12-year-old Marco Arturo says he’s got a folder full of evidence that vaccines are linked to autism. What he reveals from that folder will surprise you.
Since smallpox vaccines were introduced by the English doctor and scientist Edward Jenner in the late 1790s, we’ve eliminated all kinds of terrifying common diseases that once killed millions of our ancestors, or left them permanently maimed and disfigured. Now these diseases are starting to make a comeback thanks to the anti-vaccine movement.
In 2014, Time magazine sounded the alarm about parents — including celebrities like Jenny McCarthy — choosing not to vaccinate their children, often due to the false claim that vaccines cause autism.
The emergence of these diseases — especially measles — is alarming, and mostly due to parents in the U.S. not vaccinating their kids. “If you are unvaccinated and you come in contact with measles, there’s a 90% chance you will get it,” says Jason McDonald, a spokesperson for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
We’ve always had people who do not give vaccines to their children for religious, medical and personal reasons. Unfortunately, when trends push unvaccinated children past the tipping point of “herd immunity” — when the percent of immunized people is no longer high enough to protect those who are not — people’s personal choices become a public health hazard.
The latest voice to join this lively conversation comes from Marco Arturo, a 12-year-old from Mexico. On May 24, he posted a video on Facebook claiming that he’s got a folder full of “evidence” to prove the link between vaccines and autism.
“Today, I’ll be touching on a very delicate topic, which I should be very skeptical about, and that is vaccines. We’ve all been lied to by doctors and pharmaceutical companies about vaccines, and after a lot of research, I realize that vaccines do and will cause autism.”
The impassioned youngster then brandishes a fat folder before the camera, which he claims is full of “every single bit of evidence in the universe” he’s gathered to prove that vaccines cause autism. He explains that he’ll be going through all the evidence page by page, so brace yourself: Marco Arturo has got a lot of information to go through.
But wait. He pulls out the first page of evidence that vaccines cause autism and guess what? The page is blank.
“There’s nothing,” Marco Arturo exclaims in mock surprise. All the other pages in the folder turn out to be blank as as well. And then he reveals the reason why:
“I think it might be because there’s absolutely NO evidence to support the links of vaccines to autism in any way whatsoever.”
On the other hand, he points out, vaccines have prevented millions of children from dying or being permanently disabled or disfigured from diseases like polio, measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough, meningitis, hepatitis, and smallpox.
“And you might think, well, it’s my child! It’s my choice! [Yes,] it’s your choice to expose your child to deadly diseases, but, you know, it’s not just your child. It’s technically everyone else’s child you’re putting in danger because you read some forwarded email.”
And the conclusion?
“PLEASE. Vaccinate your children.”
WATCH: Marco Arturo brilliantly debunks the notion that vaccines cause autism.
Featured image: Video screengrab via Marco Arturo’s Facebook page.