Lately, Ethan Lindenberger has been getting a lot of attention for defying his mother and getting vaccinated against her wishes.
NPR released an article today about how Ethan testified before the senate committee on Health, Education, Labour and Pensions.
In said article, Lindenberger uses the following line to back up his belief that misinformation is being spread on social media regarding vaccinations:
Organized anti-vax groups that spread misinformation, instill fear into the public for their own gain, selfishly
Let me say, that I am a firm believer in vaccinations, and that is not what I am asking about. My question however, is:
Is Ethan Lindenberger's claim that organised anti-vaccination groups stand to gain anything factual?
The reason I ask, is because I see no commercial industry that would stand to gain, if people stopped purchasing vaccinations. Maybe Primary Care Physicians would though.
Paragraph containing the sentence in question:
I speak here today to first express this concept, that anti-vaccine parents and individuals are in no way evil. With that said, I will state that certain individuals and organizations which spread misinformation and instill fear into the public for their own gain selfishly put countless people at risk. If one agrees that vaccines are safe and substantially benefit the health and safety of the public, you’d see the anti-vaccine leaders and proponents of misinformation which knowingly lie to the American people are the real issue. Using the love, affection, and care of a parent for their children to push an agenda and create false distress is shameful. The sources which spread misinformation should be the primary concern of the American people.