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Vaccines Still in the News

In the past week there have been news reports from both sides of the vaccine controversy.  CBS Evening News recently reported on the “First ever vaccine-autism court award” and from Reuters an article appeared yesterday entitled “No link found between vaccine mercury and autism.”

The controversy about vaccines and autism started over 10 years ago when Andrew Wakefield along with others published their research in The Lancet.

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  • September 14, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    The right answer is that vaccines cause none of the issues they have been blamed for and objections are going to be purely of an emotional nature, not of any logical basis.

    There is no “other side” when the “other side” is based upon nothing.

  • September 15, 2010 at 11:49 am

    I am moderate on vaccines, in that I do believe autism can be the consequence of a vaccine injury combined wiht genetic susceptibility, in a few, very rare cases. There is where your point that research cannot take into account every single individiaul, is right on. However, I do believe that it is well worth sacrificing these few, very rare cases of autism for the greater cause of herd immunity. Autism doesn’t kill. Most illnesses against we vaccinate today, do.

  • September 15, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Actually, vaccines do cause some things, such as soreness, low-grade fevers, tiredness, etc., and in a few cases more severe side effects. They’re medical treatments, and not 100% safe nor 100% effective–though they are one of the safest and most effective medical procedures out there.

    The problem is that refusing vaccines because “they’re not 100% safe” means accepting another, much larger risk–that of contracting the disease, starting an epidemic that kills anywhere from a few to hundreds of thousands. Measles, for example, kills 150,000 people every year, the vast majority of whom are not vaccinated.

    The idea that vaccines=autism has been thoroughly discredited by multiple credible researchers in multiple large-scale studies; it’s time we dropped it. Enough people are dying of totally preventable illness as it is. We don’t need more.

    • September 15, 2010 at 5:57 pm

      Hello Callista,
      I appreciate your comment.

  • September 16, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Look in on the investigations into the connection between thimerosal – a preservative used in vaccines, which is about 50% ethylmercury – and how similar the symptoms of mercury poisoning and autism are. Or Dr. Wakefield’s research on the presence of nodules full of vaccine-strain measles virus in the mucosa of the ileum in affected children. His theory is that these kids cannot clear the virus, which overloads their immune system, resulting in chronic subclinical infection. (I’m quoting in part here from A Child’s Journey out of Autism by Leann Whiffen as Leann summarizes it well).

    My son was fine until he had the MMR vaccination. He has AS. Those are facts, not emotional responses. No one will ever convince me vaccines are not in some way responsible for triggering this in susceptible children.

    Of course it’s so much simpler to just call it all emotional response than seek any kind of possible logical explanation based on analysis, isn’t it amazon. That’s left to us parents to do while people like you dismiss all the research out there.

    “However, I do believe that it is well worth sacrificing these few, very rare cases of autism for the greater cause of herd immunity.” I disagree. I wouldn’t have sacrificed my son’s quality of life for anyone. Autism may not kill but it takes away the life your child could have had if they had been spared. That was the most insensitive remark I’ve read in a long time and I’ve been reading them for fifteen years. Shame on you. Remember too those “few, very rare cases” have increased from 1 in 5000 in the mid-80’s to 1 in 150 in just a decade. A diagnosis of autism is no longer the rarity it was and we should continue to seek answers as to why.

  • September 10, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Ditto, Kay. Astrid is an insensitive idiot, who obviously doesn’t have children, or if he/she does they are perfectly healthy and he dodged the ASD/AS bullet. We, unfortunately have to spend the rest of our lives struggling with raising these little guys who are troubled and difficult to say the least. It doesn’t matter the odds, we need answers, action, and an improved method of delivery of these vaccines, which I agree are essential, but there has to be a better way. NO child is “worth” the safety of any number. That is not the day/age/country that we live in.

  • November 22, 2011 at 10:34 am

    The MMR vaccine does not contain thimerosol. Never did. Andrew Wakefield only proposed a theory, nothing definitive. He also altered medical records and had financial interest in his results. Nearly all his fellow researchers disagreed with his theories enough to have their names removed from the study.All medical treatments are a risk vs. benefit. That is just the way it works. No treatment is ever completely risk free. Astrid is correct. A very small percentage of children do have serious reactions to vaccines, but it pales in comparison to the large numbers who were seriously injured and died without the vaccines.It has been repeatedly proven that vaccines do not cause the rates of autism you are citing, even if you allow that a small subset may have greater suscepibility.Call me what you like. I too am a parent of an autistic child, just for the record. But I would like to know the true cause.Of course, you have already stated that nothing will convince you. You and Dr. Wakefield make a good team, as he has also said that he believes his parents in spite of all scientific evidence to the contrary.


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