Vaccines and autism, I’m sure everyone has heard something or other regarding this topic by now and the consensus among a lot of people is the following; Vaccines don’t cause autism. So the question is; has this been thoroughly looked at? Is the discussion over?
The very simple answer is, no. So why do all these people seem to think it is?
There are many reasons why people believe that this ‘link’ has been proven nonexistent, but it all boils down to one thing, Headlines. Just do a simple Google search and you will find many, many headlines claiming that there is no vaccine/autism link or that the ‘researcher who claimed a link has been debunked, striped of his licence, ect’, great news for concerned parents everywhere right? Wrong. Firstly, without getting into the Wakefield issue – I’ll do that later- If a paper is removed, it does not necessarily mean that the concern raised in said paper has been looked at and found to be false. Secondly and perhaps most important is READ THE WHOLE STORY. Underneath the headlines you will come to find that studies have been done regarding MMR and/or Thimerosal and autism. I am not going to discuss every individual study – I can and will if need be – but there are a number of concerns that anyone who has been ‘keeping up’ can see. The most important is where is the ‘s’ on vaccines reported in these headlines. All I keep seeing is MMR, everywhere I go its MMR this and MMR that. I’m pretty sure last time I checked, children received more than just the MMR vaccine. “But” you say “MMR was the vaccine that was claimed to be causing autism.” Now where would someone get that idea from? Could it be the thousands of headlines that appeared stating that the MMR vaccine causes autism?
The truth; every vaccine is being implicated and the concerns are not just about autism.
So is blaming vaccines the new fad? Did this just start in the last 20-30yrs? No to both, in fact parents have been claiming bodily damages caused by vaccines as long as they have been around. There is even a separate court system –we’ll get into that later – just for vaccine injury claims. VAERS is a reporting system for claims of injuries. These things the general public does not know. It is not highly publicized, rather hushed, but nevertheless still there.
The discussion is not over and everyday more and more claims are being made against vaccines. I have been to government websites, emailed them, soared across the interweb of blogs, chats, groups, newspapers, medical sites etc and still no one can provide the following studies, papers or even articles on; every – or just any other than MMR – vaccine and/or the combined schedule in relation to autism.
Time and time again I am sent links to studies not relating to the question at hand. Is something about vaccines causing more and more children to be on the spectrum? So if you have the answers please send them to me. Until then we have to ask; Are we willing to risk our children with things unanswered?