So do we still give the MMR

Lydia - posted on 05/20/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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So do we still give the MMR and ignore the talk about Autism and the MMR? Iam really battling about if I should or should not give it to my boy.

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Latrice - posted on 07/12/2009

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I am still going through the diagnostic process but my son is exhibiting autism behaviors. Both of my children have had their vaccines and my daughter is fine. If I'm not mistaken I believe experts are looking at the possibility of a gene that could be a cause, not vaccination. In Ohio in order for your child to attend kindergarten they have to have all of their shots. I'm not going to advise you on what you should do but my entire family has been vaccinated. Autism does not run in our family. I really don't believe that there is a link between the two. You should do what you feel is right. Unless there is scientific proof that there is a link I would get the shot.

Kristen - posted on 07/11/2009

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There are a lot of options that you can explore. For example, once you have the first MMR vaccine, you can do a titer (blood test) instead of automatically getting the booster. My son does not have autism, but I chose this option after reading that the booster isn't necessary for 80-85% of the population. He has ADHD and allergies. I didn't see the need to take an unnecessary risk. You can also opt to get the vaccines on a different schedule and/or space out the measles, mumps, and rubella. I have read that giving the MMR-V (chickenpox included) increases the chance of complications such as fever. My doctor had also read this and recommended giving the chickenpox vaccination separate or at a different appointment. I would read all of the data and then follow your gut.

Tanya - posted on 07/11/2009

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Absoulutley give your child the mmr,there is no evidence what so ever to link the two.I have a child with Autism so ive done lots of research.Also when my eldest had her mmr it made her really poorly and she went to hospital just to get her strength back,if she had caught this disease without having the mmr injection she would of died,so im really pleased that she had it.Measles and mumps or on the rise now also.Speak with your GP also if you need reasuring.Hope this helps.

Rhionna - posted on 07/10/2009

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My son was showing signs of autism before he had the MMR. Autism is something a child is born with, they don't catch it! You are the only person who can make the decision for your son, but I am going to let my daughter have it when she's old enough, in the UK there have been mumps and measles outbreaks in recent years and they can leave your child blind, with severe brain damage etc. I'd rather them not catch those things. Parents tend to notice the first signs of autism at around 12-18 months, the age they have this injection which is why they made the "link". If your child is autistic, he will be wether or not he has the MMR.

Tara - posted on 07/04/2009

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I should also add that I don't think it is the only reason. I think that there is probably many causes and maybe the shots are just part of the problem. My theory is that my kids probably had something in their dna and the shots made it worse or brought it out of them.

Tara - posted on 07/04/2009

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I have three kids with autism. I do think that they got worse when they got their shots. I really don't see how someone who has not seen it ever can say that it's not the reason.

Tara - posted on 07/04/2009

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Quoting Sarah:

i am a student nurse and we are trwling through all the evidence about this. all the arguments came from one consultant who did a survey and found a couple of results. this does not prove the study to be viable, let alone one to be believed. we as nurses are told never to reference this work as it has been condemned by the nhs as invalid. i have three children who have all had the mmr and they are fine. i also know of no children who have had any problems through it. many parents will say that they have had problems and all i can say is that autism does tend to appear in children around the time of life that the mmr vaccination is given. i can see how the two are perceived to be linked.


 

Tara - posted on 07/04/2009

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Go to the web site TACA (talk about curing autism) They have a list of doctors that use a safer vaccine and they space them out so that kids aren't getting them all at once.

Natalie - posted on 07/01/2009

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I am following an alternate vaccination schedule. The 40, recommended by the CDC, don't sit right in my stomach. Dr. Stephanie Cave has an alternate vaccinations schedule and Dr. Sears. Maybe they do cause autoimmune and other disorders, maybe they don't. Why play Russian Roulette with your child's life?

Jennifer - posted on 06/30/2009

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my son had his MMR at 3 1/2, at 4 he was diagnosed with aspergers. He had issues before the jab but we have decided to wait with our other son, until he is 4-5. don,t think the jab was responsible for my sons aspergers but i still have that tiny little doubt. Would rather wait with our other son just to be certain.

Kim - posted on 06/30/2009

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i did give my son the mmr jab cos if you dont and your child get any of the illnesses it can be worse for you child as it can effect their brain worse then it is with autisum and they will be worse off

Zenzele - posted on 06/26/2009

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Here's my experience minus my opinion. We seen signs of Autism in my daughter before she ever got the MMR and my son received MMR and he has no signs of autism.

Suzi - posted on 05/26/2009

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i have chosen not to give the vaccines. I don't disagree with a vaccination mentality, but do disagree with the amount of vaccines given over such a short period of time. My 20 year old, as a youngster had total of 10 vaccines, my 4 year old has a demand of 36-39 recomended vaccines. I wonder if there are underlying cell defects in kids "on the spectrum" as in the Hannah Polling case (successful suit against the vaccine company with Thimerisol because she had an underlying mitochondril defect) how do we know there is not that defect in all children with Autism. I saw a recent report about a genetic link with autism...hmmm

Rae - posted on 05/26/2009

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I'm a mom of an almost 3 year old who was diagnosed with Autism at age 2. Unfortunately, I didn't know much about Autism until after we received the diagnosis. We had 1 previous case in the family (my husband's 1st cousin's child), our daughter had recurrent otis media (11 ear infections in 12 months), all her vaccines on schedule, and I had the flu shot and a WinRho injection while pregnant. I'm not saying any of these things caused her Autism but I feel quite sure that in combination, her immature immune system couldn't handle all of this. My only advice is research, research, research and decide with your partner what is best for your family.





If I had to do it all over again I would work with a trusted health care provider to come up with an alternate vaccination schedule that I could be comfortable with and I would not allow my daughter to be on so many antibiotics before we looked at what was causing the infections. There is a high incidence of recurrent otis media in autistic children but I don't know what research has been done to determine why this may be.

Becky - posted on 05/26/2009

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Right now there are much stricter regulations on vacines although the flu vaccine still contains more than trace levels of harmful substances. Although it is recommended that you get your child vacinated for this at a young age, I personally wait until they are at least 4 or 5 when their immune systems are more mature. I also do not give my children all the recomended shots at the recomended times. Even the ones free of mercury can still have a harmful affect on the immune system when introduced with 4 other viruses all at the same time. So I DO have my children vaccinated but not till 9 months and then no more than 2 shots at a time... there vaccine schedule takes till 5 to complete and my child has NEVER fell ill with the viruses that these are supposed to protect from. Good luck but make it your own personal decision.

Amanda - posted on 05/25/2009

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I live in australia, autism rates are just as high here as in America and yet our vaccines have been clean from the toxins that ppl blame for causing autism since 2000, if there was a real link autism rates should have dropped and yet they stand strong.

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I'm also a nurse and would never tell you not to vacinate but I think it is your choice what to give and when. Maybe you would still get it but 6-9 months later so the child it developed more. All I can say is do your research and keep your eye open in case you see signs of autism.

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If autism runs in your family then I would not give the MMR to your son. I didn't know that autism ran in my husbands family and we gave our son the MMR shot, two days later he stopped talking, cried for a whole month inconsolably, started walking on his toes, flapped his arms, couldn't get his balance, and many other things he never did before the shot. I'm not saying that the shot GIVES a child autism but if you child is suseptable (it is in the family) then you should think twice before doing it.

Sarah - posted on 05/20/2009

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i am a student nurse and we are trwling through all the evidence about this. all the arguments came from one consultant who did a survey and found a couple of results. this does not prove the study to be viable, let alone one to be believed. we as nurses are told never to reference this work as it has been condemned by the nhs as invalid. i have three children who have all had the mmr and they are fine. i also know of no children who have had any problems through it. many parents will say that they have had problems and all i can say is that autism does tend to appear in children around the time of life that the mmr vaccination is given. i can see how the two are perceived to be linked.

Sarah - posted on 05/20/2009

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i am a student nurse and we are trwling through all the evidence about this. all the arguments came from one consultant who did a survey and found a couple of results. this does not prove the study to be viable, let alone one to be believed. we as nurses are told never to reference this work as it has been condemned by the nhs as invalid. i have three children who have all had the mmr and they are fine. i also know of no children who have had any problems through it. many parents will say that they have had problems and all i can say is that autism does tend to appear in children around the time of life that the mmr vaccination is given. i can see how the two are perceived to be linked.

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