Vaccine = Autism????

Monica - posted on 05/23/2013 ( 305 moms have responded )

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Parents, just wondering how you feel about vaccines and your kids? and Autism? Just found out my 2 year old has mild autism. and my 4 year old is getting his shots tomorrow one of then being MMR Vaccine. I'm new to this and I'm in the process of learning about autism and scared about getting shots too my younger kids now!!!

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Joy - posted on 05/26/2013

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For those of you who are not familiar with Autism, I will fill you in. It is not just a "learning disability." It is painful. It is a daily struggle to do many things most people take for granted. Especially tough is going to school, being around other people, being around noise, any little change in routine, smells, lights, attempting new things, meeting new people, dealing with rage and frustration, guilt from dis-regulated behavior, being teased, ostracized, punished by so called "professionals" who do not understand, being labeled, having to have a PCA and Para, having to stay home from social outings, not being able to participate in competitive sports, not understanding jokes or puns, and more. These are things my child and our entire family live with every day. I spend 90%of my energy going to school IEP meetings, emergency rooms, police stations, doctors, mental health professionals, and health food stores just to manage this terrible disease. It gets so bad he has wanted to kill himself over the anguish. All kids with Autism are not like this, but for us, this is our life. I have watched my son "die" over and over, and have even wondered (God forgive me) if he would be better off than the suffering he has gone through. No, I will no longer vaccinate my kids. They are healthy and were born with good immune systems until we messed them up with our good intentions.

Joy - posted on 05/26/2013

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One of the biggest reasons there are no conclusive studies linking vaccinations to autism is that there is no "control" factor. There are too many variables involved to be able to determine WITHOUT A DOUBT that one has anything to do with the other. That being said, I stopped vaccinating 14 years ago when my son had a severe reaction to a series of shots. He contracted bacterial meningitis and had a fever of 106 for three days. He didn't eat, drink, or urinate. He was in the ER three times and almost died in my arms. He was 2. One of my other sons, who received just the first two sets of shots, does now have Aspergers. There is no family history of it. My other seven kids are unvaccinated and healthy. There are risks to any vaccination. Parents need to do their research and determine if the benefits outweigh the risks. In our family they did not. Once you make your decision, stick with it and do not be bullied by well meaning nurses/doctors who are fed propaganda from pharmaceutical companies, nor by people worried about the rest of the world. As parents, we need to do what is best for our children. It's not selfish, it's being an advocate for their needs.

Mandy - posted on 05/26/2013

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I'm a special education teacher and am IMFURIATED that this myth is still being perpetuated! There is absolutely NO connection between a vaccination and autism. The "scientist" who originated this myth has been proven to be a fraud time and time again.

An child with autism may face different challenges than other children but they still lead happy, productive lives. Obviously, that's preferable to a child who died from a highly contagious communicable disease that is completely preventable!! Please protect not only your child but the children that will be in class with them.
Love your child. Focus not on the disability but his abilities. Keep him healthy and rest assured that his diagnosis was in NO way caused by medical care!

Jodi - posted on 05/25/2013

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If vaccines caused autism, then why haven't 90% of the population got autism?

There is absolutely no evidence that vaccines cause autism. None.

"If we ask the same questions we’ll get the same answers. We’ve asked the autism vaccine question over two dozen times and each time we get the same response; no relationship. We need to move on; We need to invest in studying genetics, the brain structures of children with autism, and environmental factors that may be playing a role. "
http://www.autismsciencefoundation.org/a...

People who think vaccines have caused their child's autism have not looked at ALL of the factors that could potentially have caused autism in their child. Consider environmental issues, pesticides, processed food, etc. No, they just jump on the OMG my kid got autism from vaccines bandwagon. But it wasn't the vaccines. Hundreds of studies have been done on that and no relationship has been established.

Jenny - posted on 05/28/2013

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Wow, I can't believe this is still even being debated. It's been DISPROVEN many times over and the doctor whose theory it was - was discredited and had his medical license revoked. There is NO causal link between vaccines and autism. (And yes, btw, I have an autistic son and I had not a moment's hesitation in having him vaccinated). If we want to do something about this onslaught of autism, we need to look at our diet, pollution, the huge amount of chemicals we ingest in our food, etc. Something is triggering that genetic switch, but it's NOT vaccines.

Obviously everyone has a choice to vaccinate their kids or not, but don't not vaccinate to avoid autism. There is NO link between the two.

And Rosemarie, since you asked, the reason your unvaccinated kids are a danger is this....

Before we had vaccines, people died of smallpox, polio and the like. Those diseases have been eradicated due to vaccines. Now since people have been avoiding vaccines out of fear, we are again seeing a resurgence of these ancient diseases and kids are getting unnecessarily sick. Yes, your unvaccinated children and all the others who aren't vaccinated means that these diseases have once again resurfaced in the population. There is a far greater risk your kids will get measles, mumps, smallpox, etc than autism from a vaccine.

So please, please, please moms - don't be ruled by fear. Read the research and make an INFORMED decision, not a decision based on fear. Our society is at serious risk if we don't.

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Alicia - posted on 05/28/2013

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i dont know where you live but here in ontario, canada if your child is not vaccinated then there is a problem with them starting and attending school. all of my children are vaccinated and they are fine. there is no conection between the vaccinations and autism. also if the kids are allowed to attend school without being vaccinated then if there is a child who is sick or has the flu or chicken pox your child is sent home because they are at a greater risk of contracting it.

Michelle - posted on 05/28/2013

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I am locking this thread. The OP has over 300 responses and this argument will keep going around in circles. It has been debated hundreds of times and will keep being debated.

Michelle,
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Jodi - posted on 05/28/2013

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@ Tania, I am a teacher too, and I also work in with a special needs class, which includes children with autism and aspergers. They are, however, older children (12-14). I have never seen any evidence that convinces me that vaccines cause it (I have done a fair bit of reading and researching too). I have, however, seen strong genetic links amongst my students. Admittedly, that is only anecdotal. But research shows strong genetic links too, and I can definitely see why those links have been made.

Lori - posted on 05/28/2013

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There is NO proof that vaccines do not cause autism. I say hold off on them if you can. Could be many factors but we just don't know. Vaccines might be. I work with a doctor who specializes in autism and she says the same to parents we just don't know!

Tania - posted on 05/28/2013

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Whatever your decision......thank you for starting this conversation. I have certainly learnt a lot and I now I'm researching more from the links provided in here. Once again, at the end of the day .......its your child and your choice no matter what anyone says or thinks! May all of our children survive the world we now live in!

Edwina - posted on 05/28/2013

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There is no link between autism and MMR. That myth came about through a now discredited independent study that the papers picked up on. Now, parents who did not MMR their children are finding their children susceptible to measles and that is dangerous, not only for the children with the illness but those who haven't been inoculated against it and then cone into contact with someone infected. Get your child vaccinated; it will not make your child autistic!

Leah - posted on 05/28/2013

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Ask for the shots to be given separately. It can be done, I have been told this by an MD, that if I chose to give my child vaccinations (since he didn't give his children vaccinations) ask for them to be separate (MMR) and spread all of them out. Never get more than one on a given day.

Bec - posted on 05/28/2013

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It is worth remembering that quite often the characteristics of autism begin to show in children around the same age that vaccinations are given. This can give the perception that the vaccination has caused the autism when it is actually the developmental stage of the child. As many other mums have suggested, do your research and make a decision you are comfortable with.

Jodi - posted on 05/28/2013

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Actually, www.nvic.org is an anti vax site under the guise of a non-biased site. Barbara Loe Fisher, who is the president of NVIC is very much anti-vax. But I agree with doing your independent research. It's just a pity that people get sucked into thinking advice is non-biased and informative when in actual fact, it isn't. It is very cleverly written to promote a particular perspective.

Robin - posted on 05/28/2013

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I know I'm posting this late, But please, please ladies, educate yourself about vaccines so that you can make an intelligent decision Not based on opinion or hearsay but facts. Visit www.nvic.org, This is the national vaccine information center. This website is dedicated to posting nonbiased Information on vaccines. It will tell you who makes what vaccines, what the ingredients are, any and all studies that have been done with results, And any information in regards to reported vaccine damage like autism and death. Please take the time to educate yourselves, Personally after much research on vaccines, I decided to not vaccinate my child And take a nutritional approach instead. However, I know a number of mothers that have decided to hold off until the child was 2 years of age before vaccinating or decide to have vaccines done one at a time as there are NO studies or tests at this time to show the affects of multiple vaccines performed at the same time. Do u want your child to be a test subject? Unfortunately most people do not know this. All I can ask is that u educate yourself and base your decision, whatever it may be on facts, not opinions.

Tania - posted on 05/28/2013

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The conference was for teachers and it was talking about the risks teachers face when pregnant due to the increased numbers of children not being vaccinated, especially as Prep teachers have a lot of contact with their student's younger siblings. I think you are an interesting person Jodi, as you seem to be very well informed. I only ever comment on the things I have seen in person or have been told directly. I teach mainstream but I am a literacy specialist and I work with many autistic, ADHD students. This is a massively hot topic for parents, but I don't think anyone really knows if Mercury is responsible for anything. I started doing a lot of research when my daughter got very ill from the plastic BPA bottles I was using! Like I needed any more guilt for having no breast milk lol! But it opened my eyes and I was shocked by many things I discovered. I would love to know more of your thoughts on this topic! What is your occupation? I was actually very shocked by the conversation I was having with these particularly doctors who were all presenters at this conference.
The term they used was Thimerisol!

Linda - posted on 05/28/2013

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I am shocked this is an issue anymore. Are folks unaware of the current measles epidemic in Wales just now. Thankfully only one death but hundreds of hospital admissions all caused because of low uptake of MMR. There is no causal link between MMR and autism the guy who did the research was wrong but the complications of mumps and measles all too well known.

Jenna - posted on 05/28/2013

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rosemarie jonathan, unvaccinated children could be a danger to other kids because if your unvaccinated child got some kind of sickness like lets just say polio before a child got their polio vaccine, they could catch it. I have nothing against people who dont believe in vaccinating, but its irritating that us mothers that do vaccinate get cut down and constantly bashed. You do what you feel is right for your child, but dont cut me down for what I choose, its as simple as that. My child got all his vaccinations and there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with him, in fact he is well above average in learning than kids his age.

Jenna - posted on 05/28/2013

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I dont believe that they are linked to autism at all! There is no proof that they are in any way linked together, and there are kids who were never vaccinated that are still autistic. I do think that they want kids to get too many shots at once but all you have to do is do delayed vaccinations and not get so many at once

Rosemarie - posted on 05/28/2013

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Kris Geering please tell me how on earth my unvaccinated children could possibly be any danger to yours??????
It is much more likely that my unvaccinated children will catch something nasty and horrid from your recently vaccinated children.
If your kids are supposedly vaccinated against everything then they should be completely safe then right??
I don't get this pathetic scare-mongering tactic at all.

Charity - posted on 05/28/2013

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My son has mild Aspergers an autism spectrum disorder and I still vaccinate and don't even consider it as the cause. It has been disproven. I consider him to be an amazing addition to our zany family and am very blessed. It isn't always easy but he is truly an awesome kid and I don't even hesitate when it comes to vaccines for any of my kids. The diseases they prevent are horrific. And it is truly important to keep them away from our children and keep them from coming back.

Kris - posted on 05/27/2013

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I'm so sad to see this is still an issue for parents. There has been absolutely NO relation found between immunizations and autism. None. The initial study suggesting was seriously flawed and has caused a tremendous amount of harm. (The doctor who wrote it has actually lost his medical license and the original publication taken back, it was so poorly done.)

The fact is not immunizing your kids can hurt your kids as well as mine. And everyone else's. And our unborn.

Dealing with autism is extremely difficult, and as you begin this process I hope you find the support and love you and your family need. And I assure you the MMR had absolutely nothing--*nothing*--to do with it. There is no data supporting it, every attempt to find a connection has failed, and that the idea is still out there is alarming.

Please, please, please, for the sake of your kids and mine, vaccinate. For the sake of kids who have compromised immune systems, vaccinate. For the sake of all the babies still growing inside their mothers, vaccinate. No other single intervention has saved so many lives. It is a good thing.

Jodi - posted on 05/27/2013

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Dr Tenpenny is not even a medical doctor and has no qualifications in relation to infectious diseases or immunology. She's a retired osteopath.......and also has a vested interest in maintaining the anti-vaccine movement with her sales of vitamins and pills that are the "natural alternative" to vaccines.....so yeah, I'd certainly consider her "expert" opinion :\ Not.

Kirsten - posted on 05/27/2013

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The reason the immunisations are given into the fatty tisssue is it's the most effective way for it to be absorbed into the blood stream. Other methods have been proven to be ineffective. The body's immune system then identifys the immunisation and develops an immunity to whichever virus your child has been immunised for. Then when your childis exposed to this virus, the child's body already has an immunity to this virus and is effectively able to kill it off before any adverse effects to the child.

And I appreciated the details regarding adverse effects from the immunisations, and I will say this (again). In 17 years in a children's ICU I have only seen 1 adverse event to immunisations, which was a reaction to the sterilisation process on the needle, not the medication. However I have seen two children die from chicken pox related meningitis (and several others severely affected), and a small baby die from whooping cough (and many others on life support to prevent death). Also I have to say that vitamin C can prevent side effect from measles is dangerous, and I hope to God that no parent decides not to get medical attention for their child with measles in the hope Vitamin A and C will work.

Lisa - posted on 05/27/2013

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Read book by Dr. Tenpenny .....there is not enough room here to go into all of it....do your research .....and with all the research I have done for the last 8 yrs......my answer to you would DO NOT DO VACCINES!! DO NOT!

Stacey - posted on 05/27/2013

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There is a great "Frontline" by PBS available on Netflix streaming that has great information about links between vaccines and autism. I have also been doing family history lately and looking through death records. All of the infants that have died from my family in the mid 1800 and early 1900 died from diseases that we now have vaccines for. After noticing that I felt much better about protecting my 6 month old.

Yolanda - posted on 05/27/2013

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Wow this is one hot topic . We all love our kids and are doing our best by them. :-)
I've recently been reading lot's on this subject due to my concerns and one of the interesting facts is how when we catch these diseases it's usually through our Respiratory system but when they administer the vaccinations it's into deep muscle or fatty tissue.
If I were going to give my kids this I would at least check what alternative ways there are of administering the drugs.
This type of thing does spark a huge debate:-) Neither choice means we're a bad parent. I have no doubt that we on both sides are doing the best we believe for our precious children. I know I am.

Fina - posted on 05/27/2013

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Death, encephalitis and meningitis are all listed in The Australian Immunisation Handbook as adverse events following immunisation.

Also listed is rash, severe or unusual, which would describe atypical measles rash which starts on the trunk or limbs first, and is only seen in vaccinated individuals where the disease is usually more severe.

Look after the child's immune system and ICU should not be needed. Put them to bed to rest and recover and darken the room to protect the eyes. A friends 4 children and herself all had measles as children, before the vaccine. No doctor, no hospital, no problems. I understand Vitamin A can be supplemented for eyes. High dose Vitamin C of course is given to persons in coma by injection or intravenous.

My apologies Monica for all this debate but it is a serious issue. One with serious consequences in a families life if not investigated properly. Just because everyone is vaccinating doesn't mean it is the right thing to do. The vaccine schedule is far to great for our childrens bodies to handle. Is is really necessary? No!!!

Cathy - posted on 05/27/2013

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Google "Andrew Wakefield" and learn how this British doctor fabricated the studies to show how vaccines are linked autism for his own personal gain.

Sally - posted on 05/27/2013

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According to the CDC's own statistics, most of the diseases that vaccines "eradicated" were very strongly on the wane years before the vaccines were invented and decades before they were in common usage. A few scary diseases that we never made vaccines for have also disappeared. In fact, the rates of waning for every disease decreased after the vaccines became commonly used and a few of the vaccines have actually increased the instance of those diseases. All vaccines have side effects, some of which are worse than the disease and scary side affects of vaccines are more common than instances of most of the diseases. Obviously, no one wants to publicize these facts, but if you're willing to dig deeply enough in the CDC website you can find them for yourself.
Vaccines are based on how we thought the immune system worked over 100 years years ago and assuming that vaccines would affect our immune systems the same way natural diseases would. We now know that both of those are very wrong, but instead of trying to fix the vaccines we have we just keep making more and more of them.

Jennifer - posted on 05/27/2013

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@Stephanie - that supposed side effect of HPV sounds highly questionable. Why would an HPV vaccine make young women lose their eggs? Eggs can only be lost through menstruation, as far as I know, and then it's only usually 1 or 2 a month (out of about 2000 for a lifetime, as I recall?)

Edit: OK, I looked it up and it's not "girls" it's ONE girl in Australia as far as I can tell - and it's not proven that it was caused by the vaccine at all. Premature menopause is rare in a girl of that age, but it does happen, and happened before the vaccine was invented as well.

Kirsten - posted on 05/27/2013

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Stephanie, if these vaccines don't work, how come small pox no longer exists, and has been eradicated? Why is polio virtually non-existant? How come measles only rears it ugly head in areas that immunisation levels have declined, or in third world countries where vaccines are difficult to come by? These viruses just decided to not infect people anymore did they? And, finally, VACCINES DO NO CAUSE AUTISM! There is NO scientific evidence to prove this, and the one study that started all this hysteria has since come forward to admit it was flawed, and run by drug companies who WANT you to get sick so you will buy their medications! Honestly.

Kathleen - posted on 05/27/2013

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Vaccine does NOT equal autism. My kids got all their shots and neither one has it.

Deanna - posted on 05/27/2013

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Excerpt from http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/concern...

"Over the years, some people have had concerns that autism might be linked to the vaccines children receive. One vaccine ingredient that has been studied specifically is thimerosal, previously used as a preservative in many recommended childhood vaccines. However, in 2001 thimerosal was removed or reduced to trace amounts in all childhood vaccines except for one type of influenza vaccine, and thimerosal-free alternatives are available for influenza vaccine. Evidence from several studies examining trends in vaccine use and changes in autism frequency does not support such an association between thimerosal and autism."

There are many research projects that have dis-proven this theory. The original doctor who started this theory had also admitted to accepting money from parents to say that.

Excerpt from http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/autis...
"Scientists aren’t certain about what causes ASD, but it’s likely that both genetics and environment play a role. Researchers have identified a number of genes associated with the disorder. Studies of people with ASD have found irregularities in several regions of the brain. Other studies suggest that people with ASD have abnormal levels of serotonin or other neurotransmitters in the brain. These abnormalities suggest that ASD could result from the disruption of normal brain development early in fetal development caused by defects in genes that control brain growth and that regulate how brain cells communicate with each other, possibly due to the influence of environmental factors on gene function. While these findings are intriguing, they are preliminary and require further study. The theory that parental practices are responsible for ASD has long been disproved."

Cindy - posted on 05/27/2013

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Research, research, research. There is lots of evidence that says vaccines are dangerous. It is all coming out into the open now. The info is there, just do your research. Google it, bing it, yahoo it, whatever browser you want. Even facebook it. But please, don,t get your child vaccines until you are truly informed. Autism is just one of many things that can be the result of these so called healthy vaccines.

Cindy - posted on 05/27/2013

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If I had it to do all over again, I would not let my kids get any vaccines. Now, my son has autism.

Jodi - posted on 05/27/2013

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Stephanie, this thread is about whether vaccines cause autism, and there is no science to show that this is the case.

Stephanie - posted on 05/27/2013

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Yes that is all good, the gut is a major part of the immune system. The fact is that vaccines have never been scientifically proven to prevent disease. They raise an antibody level in the majority of recipients but the science to show a raised antibody level equates to immunity is NOT there.

Donna - posted on 05/27/2013

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You should google Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride and GAPS syndrome. She had an autistic child and did her own research and discovered how getting autism from vaccines can be related to the health of our gut flora. Vaccines can be very toxic, and children with healthy gut flora can handle them. But those with unhealthy gut flora may not be able to, and it ends up being a real shock to their system and that is most likely why some parents have seen a link to children declining right after vaccines. Apparently there is a test you can do to check on the gut flora health, and when I have grandkids some day I plan to highly suggest to the parents that this test be given and will offer to pay for it as well. To me this is a way to alleviate fears that can go both ways in deciding whether or not to get vaccines.

Stephanie - posted on 05/27/2013

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If you believe in vaccination you should not be so fearful as your children are protected. Even if you go with the myth that some kids still get the disease but they get a milder bout, you should not be worried. Perhaps you actually know at a deeper level, you are not in touch with, that vaccines don't actually work so all these arguments are for nothing.

Stephanie - posted on 05/27/2013

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An article in the british Medical Journal in Sept last year showed that the HPV vaccine (supposedly for cervical cancer) is causing girls as young as 16 to go into menopause - meaning that their ovaries have no more eggs. Also, the rate of teenage pregnancies has fallen dramatically. While some will applaud this, it is the reason for it that may be disturbing. Teenagers are becoming infertile or in menapause so they are not getting pregnant even though their behaviour has not changed. Great way to reduce the population of the world I would think.

Stephanie - posted on 05/27/2013

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People need to look at who has funded the studies that say vaccines don't cause autism. You will find they are all funded by scientists and doctors who have vested interests. Some are paid by drug companies - or have been and want more research dollars in the future, others are paid by government who has a big vested interest in thr truth not being told. Follow the money trail. As the autism rate climbs through the roof to nearly 1 in 50 now, more vaccines in the schedule is all that has changed. The whole genetic explanation is nothing more than something to tell parents so they don't feel they are to blame. If genetics was the major cause of autism, where is the autism in the families with children with autistic kids. Many I have spoken to have said there is none.

Sarah - posted on 05/27/2013

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It's completely up to you but you do need to be aware that like another commenter states vaccines link with Autism had been debunked many times over actually. Out of 5 children my youngest is Autistic. I'm the youngest of 6 and my brother is autistic but again nothing to do with vaccines. Because of the vaccine scare a lot of old illnesses are coming back, hitting hard ad killing people. Honestly as a mother of a 4 year old non-verbal autistic son I can tell you right now that while yes it is a little harder it is not worth not vaccinating your children. If there's an outbreak of whooping cough I have to hide my husband because people refuse to vaccinate. It's your baby and it's your job to make the choice but I beg of you please please please do your research and check out real studies not stuff other people say and make an educated decision before you completely stop his vaccinations. Just an FYI for some of you I noticed saying things about vaccinations still being linked to Autism..... there have been studies that have show the greatest link between children and autism is not vaccines or a sensitivity to food but rather infant sleep issues. If your infant doesn't get adequate sleep their risk of autism goes up. It can also be genetic. Both sleep and genetics have more links to autism then vaccines do.

Lynnette - posted on 05/27/2013

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My daughter started showing signs of mild autism after she got the chicken pox vaccine. I had such a strong feeling to not give it to her (it had just come out when she got it) but the Dr. had told me how important it was that she have it and I caved. I will never forgive myself. Her life could be so much easier if I would have listened to my mothers intuition. She will live a normal life, but kids are cruel. Because she looks normal and has a fun personality kids flock to her but then when she doesn't read the social cues like the rest of us kids get tired of her and start teasing her and making fun of her. She is 14 and struggles. We are working on helping her recognize those things.

Dr.'s all say it had nothing to do with the vaccine, but as her mother I saw a huge difference in my child. She used to like to go around organizing things, putting shoes with matches, etc. and now can't focus on her own shoes in her own closet for the life of her. My son is different than her. I didn't feel like the vaccine would affect him so I let him have it and he's been fine. Just listen to those voices. We are blessed as mothers to feel things others can't about our kids. Just listen. Each one is different. If you are nervous about it then don't do it. It's not like you can't do it when they are older if you change your mind.

Paula - posted on 05/27/2013

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For a view on vaccines and childhood illnesses that could give you an interesting bigger picture out of which to base your decision, you could contact your nearest anthroposophical paediatrician, or ask about the topic at you nearest Waldorf/Steiner School. The book "A Guide to Child Health" by Michaela Gloekler is useful too. I have an 8 month old boy, and have decided to give him polio drops only, not the other vaccines. Why? Because I understand that childhood illnesses such as mumps, measles, chicken pox, rubella (which he had already at 5 months and it was no problem at all) and whooping cough have the potential, IF OBSERVED AND TREATED WITH UTMOST CARE AND ATTENTION, to build up the child's own immune system. This stands the child in good stead for their entire life. I have observed how a strong immune system and a strong, confident, centred sense of self go hand in hand. This is what I have chosen to go with, with the full awareness that I must take responsibility should he get the illnesses - just as a parent who chooses to vaccinate must take responsibility for whatever these lead to. (BTW, I WAS vaccinated as a child, but still got the illnesses; the mumps was a long-lasting chronic affair leading to glandular fever and a weakened immune system, rather than a short, acute illness which I got over by my own innate immune system kicking in strongly. And I got a weak bout of rubella despite the vaccine, resulting in a reduced antibody count so that by the time I wanted to get pregnant I was advised to re-vaccinate! As I understand it, if I'd not been vaccinated and had the disease, I would still have a full antibody count now). This doesn't directly address your autism concern; all I've intended is to give an interesting and - IMO - helpful and wise avenue of research.
Good luck, and be confident whatever you choose!

Linda - posted on 05/27/2013

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From the "thumbs down" so far, I see that some people disagree. I would just like to reiterate that what parents think regarding vaccinating their children is their own personal, heartfelt opinion. There can be no "right" or "wrong" answer, only what that parent, weighing the evidence, thinks is best for his/her child. Every parent could be second guessed on any decision they make, but it is their decision. Parents need information from which to make a decision, and then support for making it. Parenthood is hard enough without negativity following us at every decision.

Sarah - posted on 05/27/2013

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The question you really need to ask yourself is whether you think the dangers of autism are greater than the dangers of measles, mumps or rubella. The study linking MMR vaccine has been completely discredited by many other studies. However in the UK where I live there is great concern about a measles outbreak linked to children not receiving the MMR jab when the scare first started. Over 2000 people in Wales have contracted measles, most of them in teenage children but also in older members of the community and those who are vulnerable (babies and those with health issues). Both my children received the MMR vaccine and both had mild reactions to it with temperatures and rashes. Each child will react to a vaccine differently. I actually caught rubella from the vaccine I got because my immunity to it was so low. I believe the vaccines are the lesser of the two evils although I did insist on a vaccine with no mercury in it as I do think that is dangerous.
Best of luck to you at this time.

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I vaccinated both of my boys with no side effects. The vaccines today are alot milder than the mercury laden ones my generation got in the 1960s (and we seemed to survive as well). The link to autism has been disproved over and over. I for one could never forgive myself if my kid perished from something like small pox or measles...something preventable and something that WILL make a comeback if more and more people stop immunizing their kids.

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My son was diagnosed with Asperger's at the age of 16. He never had any immunizations, although he had other issues like ear infections, and I had auto- immune symptoms before and during my pregnancy. I believe immunizations are just part of the picture, and anything that contributes to lowering immunity ,like antibiotics,
can combine with tendencies (genetic) and cause problems. There is a genetic component in our families for adhd and ocd, possibly bipolar. There are multiple food allegies, gluten allergies, dairy allergies, and multiple antibiotic allergies on both sides of our family.

Adum - posted on 05/27/2013

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My kids have had all the shot they give to kids at every age level. There is nothing wrong with my children. I would say the choice is up to you on if you want to get them the shots, but the way the schools and day cares work you HAVE to have the shots done or your child will not be aloud to go. I hated taking my kiddos in for their shots, and I still do, but I read over all the paperwork on the shots and I talk to our doctor and nurse about it. They have helped us understand a lot, it also helps that our doctor is great and not only talks to my husband and I about it, but talks to my children and explains why the shots are given and what they do in a way that my children understand.

Jennifer - posted on 05/27/2013

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@Monika - well said! And so true about the many geniuses on the spectrum, and about the education system. As a teacher in training, I face this reality and I hope to be able to bring about change. And as a mother of a child who doesn't "fit the mold" and may be on the spectrum (we are still awaiting a diagnosis) I feel his pain when the school system just doesn't work for him.

Paula - posted on 05/27/2013

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The link between the MMR vaccine and autism was fabricated with a fraudulent and rigged testing. The perpetrator has been discredited and it was revealed to have material interest in discrediting the existing vaccine so that a rival could be introduced. A whole mythology has grown up around this one test and many peer-reviewed research studies have been performed and none have been able to replicate the results. There is NO link between MMR vax and autism, on the other hand it is a confirmed fact that measles is highly contagious and can be deadly. Measles has not been eradicated in the wild and the contagion vector is just one plane ride away; e.g. there was exposure at the Super Bowl festivities when they were held in Indianapolis.

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