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Tanya - posted on 06/17/2012
Ange is right, the study that claimed that autism was caused by vaccines was incorrect and he did indeed have his medical licence revoked because he falsified the information. There is absolutely no connection between autism and vaccines in my opinion, it is a mental disability that is mainly genetic. Both of my children had their vaccines at roughly the same time and my son is the only one with autism although I knew there was something different about him from about 14 months of age and in my son's case it is genetic as my sis-in-law's 2 sons are on the spectrum. I guess something in the vaccine could trigger autism but it isn't the cause of it.
Ange - posted on 06/15/2012
There was one study many years ago which stated an association between shots and autism. A tonne of research has been done since then which has refuted this connection. The author of the article lost his medical license because it turns out that he fudged the data and was being sponsored or paid by an agency that would benefit from his results. I'm still not a fan of shots, and think there may well be side effects which will take time to study, but am pretty positive that they don't cause autism. Who knows? I guess time will tell for sure.
Katie - posted on 03/17/2010
We had our son vaccinated in small doses on several occasions. Our doctor was very open to our feelings as we have read all of the "evidence" in support of this autism-causing vaccine and all and was willing to break up the shots in a schedule that worked for everyone. We both have very opens minds and weren't entirely convinced of this "evidence" however we also figured it wouldn't hurt to spread out the shots. We didn't want to overload his developing immune systems with all of the vaccines at one time anyway. There are so many more shots a kid must have now than there were when we were kids. Regardless, you must keep yourself informed and your child (and all those children around you and your family) safe. It is definitely a "herd mentality" in that you want to keep everyone safe and healthy. If one child doesn't get vaccinated and ends up getting sick, you have now put several (maybe many many more) children at risk. That is certainly something that I did not want to be responsible for.
You MUST stay up to date and educated. Most recently, the Vaccine Court Omnibus Autism Proceeding ruled against a group of parents who claimed that a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine had combined with other vaccine ingredients to damage their children.
Another recent study provided further evidence that the MMR vaccine is not associated with an increased risk of autism.
Autism is still a mystery to the medical profession as well as the parental profession. I believe you can and should educate yourself to the fullest extent possible and then make the best decision for your family and community from your knowledge.
Shirley - posted on 10/15/2012
The doctor that said that the vaccination at 18 months has now been banned from practicing as its not true...otherwise every child that got their 18 month vaccination would have autism and also every child that didnt get their vaccination wouldnt have autism..
Cassie - posted on 06/20/2012
If the shots could "cause" autism we would have investigated it looking for a cure. I don't think things can "cause" autism. Autism doesn't mean anything is wrong. Autism is not less just different. My son is waiting for his assessment to determine if he has it or not. It's more like a different way of thinking. Matter of fact some Autistic children are beyond brilliant! They just don't think the way we do. :-)
The shots DO NOT cause Autism! If that were the one and only cause then we would all have it. I have 3 children and all 3 got the MMR shot at 18 months old and only 1 of them has autism. We all got the same shots as kids and we don't have it either.
Michelle - posted on 03/11/2010
I would be careful thinking that what Amanda Pido wrote for the symptoms as being an exhaustive list. In fact I would even go as far as saying the list is very inept and greatly lacking. My ASD son could talk clearly, has GREAT eye contact and does not do any of his stims for 5 minutes, doesn't bang his head, flap his hands or spin....so PLEASE be careful Amanda when giving advice for diagnosis. Bottom line if in your gut you are thinking "is this Autism?" keep asking the question to your Drs or go to a ped Nurologist, they will be able to tell you. CAUTION Most Pediatricians are not able to diagnose Autism,they look for the obvious signs like Amandas list. Mine missed my sons...And BTW you can always sign a waiver so you do NOT have to vaccinate if you choose not to. Regarding the requirement for college....I would wait to see what they are when your children are going and see if they are necessary then. I would not just vaccinate now for that reason only. If you are going to vaccinate be aware of your options, you can change the vac schedule all together...some people wait until after 3 to even start...you have MANY choices.
Amanda - posted on 03/11/2010
Autism has no official cause. Some people believe that its from mercury in shots, but those are usually the ones they get right at the beginning that are 3 in 1. If your son has autism, you would see it by now. If he is babbling, trying to communicate, looks at you when you talk (not everytime but sometimes.), and doesnt have repetitive behaviors such as spinning for more than 5 minutes, head banging, etc. then he is fine. Autism isn't something you can catch, or get later in life. Amish people, who don't believe in vaccines still have cases of autism, albeit at much lower ratio than mainstream population. The theory with the most evidence behind it is that its a genetic disorder.
With that said, shots have other side effects, and it is your choice to make.
Amber - posted on 03/07/2010
the report they did says shots cause autism is certain children, it is said when a child is born and theyre immune system isnt as strong as other children that when they get theyre vaccines the brain attacks the vaccine and the body triggering autism as the brains way of fighting back. Thats just a theory though, they still dont know the cause. If your child is going to develop autism theres nothing you can do to prevent it,its in your child from the time of conception waiting for something to trigger it. I am the mother of an autistic 4 year old, and no one ever knows hes autistic unless we tell them,his is very mild and there are all types of levels and degrees of autism, autistic kids are said to be some of the smartest kids in the world, my son can fix things most kids cant, his only problem is his speech really, and he sees a speech therapist for that so its coming along real good,we can understand most of his words now. There is no way you can prevent autism though,if your child does end up with autism I know you will still love him the same so dont worry about it :-)
Kari - posted on 03/02/2010
Thermisol, I believe, (mercury) that is used to preserve shots is thought to be causing autism, but I think it mostly depends on the baby's system and how it reacts to the shot. After my sister got the shot that contained Thermisol, she developed autism. Although, I would suggest giving the MMR shot because it's required for education (as in college) later on in life. Just talk to your pediatrician and work through the concerns together. It's not totally proven yet that the shots cause autism, but there are studies showing that it could link to it.
Amanda - posted on 02/25/2010
I think you should research it and talk to your doctor. From what I understand, it is not the shot per se that can cause Autism, but some people believe it is the number of shots the child gets at one time. If you really are worried, you should do your research, talk to your pediatrician, and maybe think about cutting back on the number of shots your child gets at one time.
Michelle - posted on 02/25/2010
It is good to get the information and make an informed choice. Here are some sites for your research endeavor. It is not an easy answer, black or white. The junk that is in vaccinations can trigger the onset of autism in some children. 1 in every 57 boys are being diagnosed with Autism today. This is nothing to take lightly.
Vaccination info can be found at:
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