Vaccines and Autism–The Truth

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Before becoming a stay at home mom I worked as a therapist doing early intervention therapy for kids with autism.  It was wonderfully challenging and rewarding.  One of the things I was told all the time by the parents was to be very wary of vaccinating my children because of the link between vaccines and autism.  I consider myself and informed consumer and before vaccinating my children I did my research.  Though I choose not to vaccinate my children according to the advised schedule (I just go a little slower than perscribed) I concluded that there was not sufficient scientific evidence to support the claim of vaccines causing autism.  Sometimes I felt like I was betraying the belief that some of the families I worked with held with conviction.  However, tonight I was reading an article that I hope will put parents fears to rest.

“The initial study linking vaccines and autism, which caused international confusion about whether or not to immunize kids, has been exposed as fraudulent. The British Medical Journal (BMJ) released an editorial saying there’s proof that the famous study included false, intentionally fabricated information.”

I was absolutely astounded when I read the article!  The initial study–the one that has recently been exposed as fabricated–has been frighteningly successful at decreasing the rates of vaccination.  

What do you think?  How does this affect your view of vaccines?


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  1. The Teacher's Wife says
    This really doesn't change my view anymore than the 1st scare did. My oldest son (almost 4 yrs) actually did have problems w/his MMR....the week after his vaccine after having high fevers for no apparent reason had a pretty severe seizure- which has triggered more severe asperger's side effects. HOWEVER, he definetely showed tendencies before his seizure and we already knew he was highly gifted- I think that the seizure brought out the stronger side effects. What was his seizure from? WE don't know, but w/our 2nd son we simply separated his vaccines out and he had no problems with it. Over the last few years with some strong help my oldest has made a great recovery and is much better. But I certainly do not wish it on anyone! If you have a concern- separate the vaccines out so there is not 6 viruses at once in their little bodies. It's OK to wait a few years to give it to them...
  2. I think what you said about your son definitely showing tendencies before the MMR vaccine was the exactly what the original study fudged. The original study claimed that children showed no tendencies before the vaccine. Upon further investigation it was found that that claim was simply not true.
    I agree with you in feeling that so many live viruses is a lot for a little body to process. That is the main reason why I spread my kids vaccines out instead of following the traditional schedule.
  3. Thank you for spreading this message. I heard it in the news as well. It's hard to know what to make of it at this point, but it's important for parents to have as much information as possible from multiple sources. I can't imagine how difficult the road is for both parents and people with autism and the need for answers must be intense. I don't know what decision I would make about vaccines for my children (I have no children). So many hard decisions for parents...I just pray for wisdom and peace for them.
  4. It also says how the rate of measles rose to an astounding high because parents wouldn't vaccinate their children. And how in several "pocket" areas where they wouldn't vaccinate it caused certain contained outbreaks infecting other children who were not vaccinated. Not including many of the other sicknesses that were quite deadly or seriously damaging. There is a lot more to it than the articles about how it was a big fraud between the lawyers and these scientists to make over six digits.
  5. Thanks for posting this. I have to say this is a bit of a pet peeve of mine. More and more reputable studies have come out (one recently in Pediatrics) showing absolutely NO link between vaccines and autism. There is so much misinformation out there and many people are more likely to believe hearsay than scientific research. I can't imagine how hard it must be to have a child with autism, but attention, time and resources are being taken away from finding the REAL causes of autism by the continued belief in unproven ideas. If anyone is interested, here is a great podcast that explains many of these issues:
    The more people that fail to vaccinate their children, the more likely it is that these horrible diseases from the past will return.