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European countries without mandatory vaccine programs are more successful, vaccination causes autism

Summary of Disinformation

Vaccines cause autism. Vaccines are associated with high child mortality rates. Child mortality rates in Germany, where immunization is not mandatory, are lower by 6% and 10% as compared to Italy and Czech Republic, respectively.

Disproof

No evidence given for any of the statements. There is no correlation between vaccination and autism, and no correlation between vaccination and child mortality rates. The statistical data provided by the author is incorrect and do not correspond to the official data. According to the World Bank data for 2016, infant mortality rates in Italy (2.8), where immunization is mandatory, are lower by 0.4 points as compared to Germany (3.2). Further debunking at Myth Detector mythdetector.ge/en/myth/tbilisi-24-online-editions-conspiracy-theories-about-vaccination.

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Reported in: Issue 87
Date: 06.11.2017
Language: Georgian
Country: Italy, Europe, Czech Republic, Germany, Georgia
Keywords: Conspiracy, Europe
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Tbilisi 24 online
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