Vaccines – I just want to know
To be quite honest, I do not know where I stand on vaccines so please NO ARGUMENTS. I think we all need to be better educated about them. I think children get TOO many vaccines early in life.
I am not sure if vaccines caused Ava’s autism. I know she regressed shortly after her MMR vaccine. I wish I knew the connection – for a peace of mind and a baseline for treatment.
But, I ask this…in response to this article on the rate of vaccinations and the fact that NJ has the HIGHEST autism rate in the United States, what IS the connection? Shouldn’t we have the highest vaccination rate? Or the lowest autism rate?
I know parents of autistic children and adults usually fall into one camp or another — but for those of us who are unsure, what is the connection? Some people want to canonize Dr. Wakefield (the doctor who conducted a vaccine-autism link study) and some people think he is a quack who got his just desserts (his medical license was revoked and his study was proven flawed). I fall into neither. I just want to know.
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There isn’t a connection between vaccines and autism. I know it can be confusing, but there are dozens of studies showing that there’s no link: tinyurl.com/y8paspb and tinyurl.com/8s2mhok. There’s also real-world statistics like the ones you noted, that changes in the vaccination rates have absolutely no effect on autism rates; this shouldn’t be possible if vaccines were even a partial cause. Also, in response to the fears some have about about thimerosal, not only has it been repeatedly shown not to cause autism either, it has also been removed from childhood vaccines in the US for over a decade now, so there is no need to worry.
I’m with you. I just don’t know. My daughter has never been vaccinated, yet she is autistic. Would her autism have been worse if she had been vaccinated? Does it cause autism in some but not others? Does it cause the seizures and that’s why my daughter doesn’t have them? Is it only the thimerisol? I don’t know.