Multiple Vaccinations on Same Day Does Not Raise Autism Risk

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Infants now receive several shots at a time, but the latest study says that does not increase their risk of developing autism.

About one-third of parents are concerned about unsubstantiated claims that vaccines can cause autism. And although research, including an analysis by the Institute of Medicine, has not found a causal relationship between vaccines and the developmental disorder, one in 10 parents still delay or refuse to vaccinate their children according to the Center for Disease Control’s childhood immunization schedule.

Intuitively, parents believe that the amount of antigens, or immune-activating agents in the shots, over-burden young babies’ still-developing immune systems, making them more vulnerable to developing autism. So many parents “shot-limit,” or stagger the immunizations their infants receive, spreading them out rather than vaccinating their children at the recommended 2, 4, and 6 month visits. There is no evidence, however, that delaying the various doses of the 14 different vaccinations recommended in the U.S. are safer for kids.

And the latest study investigating the practice, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, continues to show there is no association between autism and receiving “too many shots too soon.”

The researchers reviewed data involving 256 kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and 752 without ASDs. By examining their vaccination schedules, the scientists calculated the maximum amount of antigens from the shots each child received during a single doctor’s visit to determine how stimulated the babies’ immune systems were to create antibodies against the diseases for which they were vaccinated. They also calculated the infants’ overall antigen exposure in three different groupings — from birth to three months, from birth to seven months, and from birth to two years, by which time most youngsters should have received the bulk of their childhood immunizations.

(MORE: Vaccine Safety: Why Parents’ Alternative Immunization Schedules May Cause Harm)

For each age grouping, the scientists compared exposure to antibody-producing antigen and risk of ASDs. By age two, most properly vaccinated children should have been exposed to about 315 different antigens from disease-causing agents such as measles, tetanus and pertussis. They could not find any increase in incidence of autism-related diagnoses with increasing exposure to antigens as the children received more immunizations, and concluded that neither the number of vaccines a child gets before age two nor the number of vaccines a child gets in a single day were associated with developing autism.

The researchers acknowledge that children today receive more vaccines than they have before, but that doesn’t mean they are being exposed to more antigens. In the 1990s, for example, infants were exposed to thousands of antigens, rather than the current 315, from their immunizations. That’s because some shots have been redesigned to stimulate antibody production with fewer antigens; the older version of the pertussis, or whooping cough shot that included the whole bacterium, for instance, produces around 3,000 different antibodies while the new vaccine that incorporates only a snippet of the pathogen produces less than six. The scientists also stress that an infant’s immune system can successfully confront a heavy burden of such bacterial or viral stimuli, and that babies are exposed to hundreds of viruses in their environment.

“The concern around vaccines has been a very significant issue. Many parents are now deciding to wait or space out vaccines. There has been a concern that when parents are worried about whether vaccines are associated with autism that they are going to choose not to vaccinate their child,” says Geraldine Dawson, the chief science officer for Autism Speaks. “That’s one of the reasons we see this as very good news, because we hope this will reassure parents that the number of vaccines your child received during the first couple years of life is not associated with a risk in developing autism.” Dawson, who is a professor of psychiatry at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, was not affiliated with the study.

(MORE: Parents Wary of Childhood Vaccines? Here’s How to Persuade Them)

The researchers also found no link between vaccine load and the development of regressive autism–in which a child develops normally and then suddenly loses speech and social skills. The timing of the this regression with the completion of childhood immunizations have been a strong factor keeping concerns about the burden of vaccinations alive in many parents’ minds. “We have been particularly concerned about that subgroup of kids who do have that regression. These are kids who develop normally during the first few years of life and then they lose their skills, usually around their first or second birthday, which is of course right around the time they receive some of their vaccines. This study looked to see if for even this sub group, whether they are more at risk, and again no connection was found,” says Dawson.

While claims about the correlation between vaccines and autism continue to simmer, the body of evidence doesn’t provide any support for the connection. Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the British researcher responsible for raising the alarm about immunizations, lost his medical license in 2010 when his claims about the measles, mumps and rubella shot increasing the risk of autism could not be substantiated. The scientific paper in which he described his theory was also retracted after editors determined the findings were “fraudulent.”

MORE: How Safe Are Vaccines?

Dawson understands the concerns and confusion that parents have about the safety of vaccines and autism, especially when so much conflicting information is available on the internet to evaluate. “I think one of the biggest struggles for families is that we still do not understand the causes of autism. We know that there are many different causes and I think that until we conduct more research and understand the causes, parents are going to be drawing connections and having many questions and concerns,” she says. While no vaccine is 100% safe, however, the current study’s results should help to reassure parents that the benefits of protecting children from potentially deadly infectious diseases such as measles and pertussis far outweigh potential risks associated with the shots.

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Grannygoo
Grannygoo

If this is true, why are MILLIONS being paid out to vaccine injured people?  Why does our government maintain a vaccine injury account?  Why does SIDS (side effect of DTaP as listed on their own package insert) peak at 2 months and 4 months (exact same time this vaccine is given)?  Why does our own Center for Disease Control admit that vaccines are only effective approximately 30% of the time?  Could you please explain that to my daughter and and all those other moms whose babies are dead after receiving their vaccines?

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MichelleWigtilGirard
MichelleWigtilGirard

1. This study (or this article) references the schedule of vaccines at 2 , 4 , and 6 months. It is conspicuously silent regarding the magic 18 month shots, which is when people who believe there is a connection think the problem is. It corresponds to the earliest believed on-set of Autism in isolation to congenital diseases that include Autism-like symptoms and thus currently is defined as Autism (e.g., Fragile X syndrome, the leading cause of cognitive impairment, is a genetic condition, is present from birth and despite similar behaviors is not Autism--the majority of Autism cases present from birth or earlier than a year are also diagnoses with a congenital disorder or a birth injury, or a documented TBI--if you are investigating a link between Autism and any external causative agent, the cases absolutely have to be "pure" Autism, cases that there are not contributing genetic or injury co-existing conditions).  

2.  This is not a "study" as the general public understands it. It is an analysis of current data with no normative sample, no control sample, no special populations sample. Yes, an analysis of existing data is called a study in research fields, the connotation of the term outside those fields is different. Given the available data out there, there is no reason they could not have compared like numbers rather than almost 3 times no ASD sample. Is that the number they needed to skew the results.

3.  This study does not indicate that there is any danger in staggering, so given the option, I would stagger.

4. I may have missed it, but I did not see who financially supported this study. Was it the NIH/M? A public grant? A private grant (and if so, from whom)? There is a reason they say there are lies, darned lies, and statistics. If this is the full scope of the article and not abbreviated for the internet, then shame on Time for not either including all this information if they have it or for failing to look deeper.

IvelissePacheco
IvelissePacheco

I believe vaccines + pollutants + a genetic predisposition (immune system), is the cause of autism. It is just too much going on that is attacking our bodies. Some kids luckily can overcome the huge attack of contaminants and don't get affected with the last droop that spills the glass of water ( the multiple vaccines ). I have a 18 yrs old boy diagnosed with autism- in his case I follow the recommended vaccines schedule. He got a lot better with dietary and nutricional intervention. Ten years after I have another boy who I did not followed the vaccines schedule. I skip the first set completely and the 3rt, he also just got only one vaccine of hepatitis. The results, my son has ADHD and some really milds characteristics of asperger.! I'm wondering if my kids has some predisposition that get shoot with the vaccines. The fact that I did not let my younger boy to get all the vaccines may has something to be with him having a lot less form of the condition.

I'm sorry if my grammar is not the best, but English is my second language and I still learning. But my level of English grammar will not stop me on posting my personal opinion about this.

ErinDrake
ErinDrake

This is a big fat lie. There is NO testing being done pertaining to autism from the medical community except for hand-fulls of real doctors who have evidence autism is caused by vaccines. Drug companies are buying off our doctors and our congress to make parents afraid of their own shadows and to believe anything they tell you. Your kids are NOT safe having poison put into their bodies and everyone who isn't an idiot knows the outbreaks are either faked or caused by the live viruses in these vaccines.

AngelNondefeated
AngelNondefeated

@ErinDrake YES YOU ARE SO RIGHT,MY SON AS SOON AS HE WAS BORN AND HE RECIEVED HIS SHOTS WE NOTICED THAT HE WAS LOSING HIS ABILITY TO HOLD HIS BOTTLE HE WAS SAYING MAMA AND DADA AND ALL OF THAT STOPPED WE CAUGHT IT VERY EARLY, I TOLD HIS PEDIATRICIAN THAT THE SHOTS IS DOING SOMETHING WIERD TO MY BABY AND HE WILL NOT BE TAKING THEM ANYMORE SHE HAD THE NERVE TO TELL ME THAT ITS NOT THE DAMN SHOTS LIKE AS IF I DON'T KNOW MY OWN CHILD!....LONG STORY SHORT WE PARENTS THAT HAVE CHILDREN WITH AUTISM WE KNOW THE DAMN TRUTH BUT THEY HIDE IT AND MAKE MONEY OFF OF OUR KIDS EVERYTHING IS HAND AND HAND  NO ONE CARES AND NO ONE WILL TAKE THE BLAME FOR WHAT IS IN THOSE VACCINES....

dess
dess

the concern shouldn't be about multiple vaccinations on same day but in general vaccines can cause illnesses because I myself read manufacturers own leaflet saying that there can be a case of polio one in a million or so taking polio vaccine. I read one site talking on these things in detail  http://t.co/6mIMBWy2jp

Bi-Winner
Bi-Winner

Big Pharma wants you to think there is a link between MMR and Autism. Measles, Mumps and Rubella all can be eradicated. It is much more profitable for them to vaccinate MOST people forever then vaccinating ALL people once and for all.  By listening to Big Pharma's lies, the conspirators have compromised the health of all the world's people.

Vulcanthunder
Vulcanthunder

Those anti-vaccine people out there may actually be increasing the rate of autism with their unscientific thinking.  Recent studies have shown that women who get influenza during pregnancy are more likely to have an autistic child. So by making women scared to get their yearly flu shot they are to blame for some of the increase we are seeing.  

NinPhan
NinPhan

Isabella Thomas
Statement from parent of two boys in the Lancet study

I, as a parent of two children in the Lancet study, have had to speak out about the vicious attacks on Dr. Andrew Wakefield by his own government, the US government and the media blaming him for the measles outbreak in Wales. The Lancet study was not paid for by the Legal Services Commission and our children were referred to the Royal Free Hospital because they were very sick and would still have had investigations done even if they were not part of the Lancet research as many more children have done after the Lancet study by other consultants at the Royal Free and other hospitals in London.

Dr. Andrew Wakefield listened to the concerns of many parents about their sick children suffering with bowel conditions and a form of Autism, a bowel condition and brain damage that was ignored by other professionals. These parents were demonstrably ‘black listed’ for saying their children became ill after the MMR vaccine.

Parents were speaking about this situation years before Dr. Wakefield came on the scene and our government also knew about these concerns years before the Lancet study yet they did nothing to investigate, leaving hundreds of other children at risk of side effects. Our government did not listen to parents but accused them of making the symptoms up and threatening to take their children away if they did not stop making a connection with MMR vaccine. As a result, these children and young adults live in a great deal of pain to this day (one doctor saying to my son ‘we believe you believe you are in pain’).

There is much more I could say about the experience of my family and others but I want to make it clear that the children’s claims in relation to MMR were supported by many other experts in several disciplines all of whom provided reports for the court. I attach a list of them. These experts would all have given evidence at the Royal Courts of Justice on behalf of hundreds of children we claim were damaged by the MMR vaccine had the cases been allowed to continue. In addition the solicitors representing the claimants were in touch with and drawing on the expertise from many more than these, but many did not want to be formal experts. I don't know how much the experts listed were paid, but they were all paid fees just as Dr. Wakefield was in the normal way that experts are paid in litigation cases (and probably much less than the defendants’ experts were paid!).

The court case was not heard and parents did not lose. Legal Aid decided to pull their funds for the sick children at the last minute. Legal Aid is government run and the government took out an indemnity to protect the drug companies from parents suing and we as parents had no idea that the litigation case was set up to fail right from the start. The government could not afford for the children to win and thus they could not afford for the statements from the experts to be read out in court. I have these reports and am told they are sealed and I am not allowed to produce them here however tempted. Below is a ‘summing up by Justice Keith when a few of us parents tried to continue the case without the support of Legal Aid and spoke in front of a room full of drug company representatives about our sick children. At the Royal Courts of Justice. I was very proud to be part of that group.

lilady
lilady

The causes of chronic liver failure and acute liver failure are listed here.  Note that cases of chronic liver and some cases of acute liver failure associated with infection with the hepatitis B virus can be avoided by immunization at birth with the hepatitis B vaccine.  

Overuse (overdosing) with Tylenol (or any OTC or prescribed medication) that is metabolized in the liver can be the cause of acute liver failure:

http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/digestive-diseases-liver-failure



PeterBRutkiewicz
PeterBRutkiewicz

Big Pharma is business for profit. Health and Safety are secondary considerations. The Medical Establishment is also a business for profit and the FDA, staffed by doctors some of whom have been discredited, receive the majority of its funding from Big Pharma. When I grew up, all immunizations were singular...not combinations. The process of immunizing against disease started and continued for well over a century as a "singular" and not a "combined solution". Parents observe their children when they receive immunizations and can readily tell if a particular immunization is causing unnecessary distress. The Government and the Medical Community need to listen to parents on this matter. No child of mine will ever receive multiple immunizations to accommodate the "health care for profit" system. As a matter of parental responsibility, we will "err" on the side of caution and continue to defy the trend of coercion to maximize convenience and profit at the expense of safety.

Thalidomide, diethystilbestrol, and a hundred other formerly tested, approved and prescribed drugs have been removed from the market because of the HARM that they did. Acetaminophen is still sold over the counter in spite of being responsible for 80% of the liver failures that occur. Anything proposed by Big Pharma, the Medical Establishment or the FDA should be approached with great caution...their track record is horrible! Skepticism and doubt, not complicity, is the appropriate response in a system where we have to advocate for our sick relatives to protect them from harm. Pharmaceuticals drugs should be prohibited from advertising on television just like tobacco and alcohol and immunizations should be available for children in the form that satisfies parents concerns about safety. After all, THEY are the ones paying for it.

NinPhan
NinPhan

By the way, did anyone actually download and read the pre-pub of the IOM's report? Seems glaringly different from what the lamestream media are reporting. They actually stated that they did not look at multiple vaccines given at once nor at the schedule in its entirety, but rather at each vaccine individually and then made a bizarre leap of logic. If swallowing one razor blade doesn't kill me, swalling six shouldn't either.

Not surprisingly the IOM's reports are once again misinterpreted like in 2011 when we heard that the new IOM report once again proclaimed how safe vaccines were. At least that's how I read it in several media online publications. When I looked at the report I found that in the majority of cases - 135 out of 158 examined – the committee couldn’t reach any conclusions about connections between vaccines and serious health conditions, saying there was insufficient evidence

For example, the committee said it did not try to determine how often such serious vaccine-caused adverse events occur.

In the report, the committee noted that many of the adverse events it examined are “exceedingly rare in the population overall,” and most often occur without being preceded by vaccination.

But in the briefing, Clayton and other committee members could not put a number on “rare.”

Without numbers, it’s impossible to compare the risk of an adverse event to the risk that an unvaccinated child might get seriously ill from a disease.

The committee also said it was not asked to answer the question “Are vaccines safe?” Nor did it have data to address the concern by many parents about multiple vaccines given at one time.

Policy decisions about vaccines, the committee said, require a “balancing of risks and benefits.”

The vaccine that racked up the highest number of problems was the varicella vaccine, given to prevent chickenpox. In some patients – most of whom had compromised immune systems – the vaccine caused brain swelling, pneumonia, hepatitis, meningitis, shingles and chickenpox itself. Brain swelling? Hmm, prolonged brain swelling can cause autism right? As long as it's not from a vaccine though of course. There's logic.

NinPhan
NinPhan

UK Measles Outbreak

Statement from Dr Andrew Wakefield

The British government is entirely culpable for measles outbreak
In the wake of further media distortion, misrepresentation and ignorance in relation to the measles outbreak in Wales, it is important to clarify some key facts.

In 1998, following an analysis of all pre-licensing studies of MMR vaccine safety I recommended the use of single measles vaccine in preference to MMR. This remains my position.

At that time, in contrast with the false assertions of many commentators, including Richard Horton, Editor of the Lancet, and vaccine millionaire Paul Offit, the single vaccines were licensed in UK and freely available to the British public.

While vaccination uptake fell from February 1998, there was a reciprocal increase in the uptake of single measles vaccine – a fact that is never acknowledged in the press. Vaccination clinics administered many thousands of doses of measles vaccine and children were “protected”.

Six months later, in September 1998, the British Government withdrew the importation license for the single vaccines, effectively blocking this option for parents.

Measles cases in the UK rose when the government withdrew the importation license for the single measles vaccine leaving concerned parents with no choice.

When I demanded to know why, if the government’s principal concern was to protect children from measles, it would prevent parents with genuine safety concerns over MMR from protecting their children, Elizabeth Miller of the Health Protection Agency responded “…..if we allowed parents the choice of single measles vaccines it would destroy our MMR program.” The government’s concern seemed to be to protect the MMR program over and above the protection of children.

MMR vaccine is not safe.
Despite the claim of David Salisbury, head of the UK’s Immunization Division, that MMR has, “an exemplary safety record,” two of the three brands introduced in 1988 had to be withdrawn for safety reasons – they caused meningitis.

Government officials had approved these dangerous vaccines – Pluserix and Immravax – giving them the great majority of the UK market despite knowing they were high risk and despite having been warned explicitly of their dangers. These government officials put price before children’s health and have been seeking to cover up this shameful fact ever since.

MMR can cause autism
The US government have paid out millions of dollars to children whose autism followed vaccine-induced brain damage. A recent government concession in the US Vaccine Court confirms that the parents’ claims were valid all along.

In a recently published December 13th 2012 vaccine court ruling, hundreds of thousands of dollars were awarded to Ryan Mojabi, whose parents described how “MMR vaccinations”, caused a “severe and debilitating injury to his brain, diagnosed as Autism Spectrum Disorder (‘ASD’).”

Later the same month, the government suffered a second major defeat when young Emily Moller from Houston won compensation following a vaccine-related brain injury that, once again, involved MMR and resulted in autism.

The cases follow similar successful petitions in the Italian and US courts (including Hannah Poling, Bailey Banks, Misty Hyatt, Kienan Freeman, Valentio Bocca and Julia Grimes) in which the governments conceded or the court ruled that vaccines had caused brain injury. In turn, this injury led to an ASD diagnosis. MMR vaccine was the common denominator in these cases.

Live Public Debate
The more light that is shone on this subject by way of informed, balanced debate, the better. I am offering to debate any serious challenger on MMR vaccine safety and the role of MMR in autism, live, in public and televised.

thetitaniumdragon
thetitaniumdragon

You are trying to kill people. I am quite justified in saying that you're a bad person, especially when you don't even understand what you're complaining about.

thetitaniumdragon
thetitaniumdragon

Awareness and pressure to diagnose was growing regardless of which guidelines you used. Moreover, you are making an obviously fallacious argument; "Magically after 1990 people got autism!" Oh really? So you're saying the end of the Cold War caused autism?

Seriously you're making obviously stupid arguments. We've been vaccinating people for decades, and yet, this "ballooning" of autism occurred in a very short time span (20 years) wherein nothing really changed. Clearly, then, if autism was caused by vaccinations, we should have seen it rising decades ago, and yet, that's not the case. Instead, we see a mushrooming JUST AS psychiatry got a huge boom. That is less than coincidental. In the 1980s, it was SRA, the made up crazy of psychiatrists that many morons believed in.

Now you've got a rise in autism, just as they claim that there is a rise in all mental diseases... and here are their numbers to prove it! Sure they changed the criteria so that more people are included (pretty much anyone they want to in many cases, such as depression), and see more patients now than ever before, but that's totally coincidental  amirite? Especially when they're fighting to get more money from the government... gee...

Its almost as if these two things go together...

No, the rise in autism diagnoses is because people became much more aware of it, people were more likely to claim their kids had it, people were much more likely to perceive it in other people's kids, the definition expanded to include more people than it did previously, and everyone in general was more likely to see someone who might diagnose them as such or recommend them to someone who would. Because we know that all of those things happen, and all of them have obvious causative effects on diagnosis of autism.

The pattern does not match the pattern of vaccination at all. The pattern matches the rise of far greater exposure to mental health care very well. So which is more likely, that it is related to something it doesn't match at all, or that it is related to something that it matches quite well?

Might as well claim that the pill caused it as a delayed effect, as people in the 1980s and 90s were far more likely to have used chemical birth control than they did previously. Or you could blame it on the end of the cold war. Or the end of atmospheric nuclear testing. Or the delayed effect of far fewer unfit people dying in childhood, and thereby passing on their genes. Or any number of other things.

thetitaniumdragon
thetitaniumdragon

See this is why people need to take classes in statistics. You see, the problem is that you're:

1) Cherrypicking your data (you are excluding all countries with a mortality rate HIGHER than that of the US)

2) Failing to eliminate independent variables.

3) Not looking at data over time.

If more vaccines = higher mortality rate, then why has the US infant mortality rate continued to decline? The reason that the US is 33rd in the world is not because we have a high infant mortality rate, but because some other countries have lowered their infant mortality rates more quickly than the US has - our infant mortality rate has been on the decline for well over a century. Sadly, crazy people like you, with no understanding of statistics, then fail to get this. If vaccinations killed kids, our infant mortality rate would be going UP. Instead, it has continued to go down. Ergo, as we apply more vaccinations over time, if you were to do a naive correlation you would find that they clearly reduce infant mortality. Sadly, you did not do this analysis because you don't understand anything.

No, if you do a correct analysis, you find that (shock and surprise) countries which vaccinate children have massively lower infant mortality rates.

Incidentally, had you actually looked into it at all (which in your crazed mindset you clearly didn't) you'd realize that the major causes of infant mortality in the US is that the US has more messed up babies born to begin with than other countries do. This is completely unrelated to vaccinations because clearly, you can't be deformed by something that you were never exposed to in the first place.

Maybe you should take a class in statistics before you say something crazy like this again.

thetitaniumdragon
thetitaniumdragon

I enjoy how you justify yourself with "I and numerous other parents I know" and then tell ME to break free of the herd. You're the one who is bleating; we dragon's don't live in herds.

In any case, the problem is that you're suffering from the Dunning-Kruger effect - you're incompetent, but you are so deeply incompetent that you lack the capacity to recognize your own incompetence and, like most incompetent people, therefore rate yourself as above average.

You're not. You're at the bottom of the pile.

Anyone who doesn't vaccinate their child is a bad person because they are putting their child and everyone else at risk. The reason we use vaccines is because (shock and surprise) disease is bad.

But you wouldn't know that. You have no conception of it. Catching any of these diseases is far, far worse than getting the shot, statistically speaking; the fatality rate of measles is 3 per 1,000. The TOTAL infant mortality rate in the US is 6 per 1,000. That means that not vaccinating your child against measles means you'd increase the infant mortality rate by 50%, by itself. And that's discounting the numerous severe side effects which can occur as a result of measles. And that is all from just one disease.

You are deeply ignorant. You don't understand what vaccines are. You don't understand toxicity. You are just an ignorant little sheep, bleating. And you are putting everyone else in danger as well - vaccines work by providing herd immunity, as they do not grant complete immunity, merely vastly increased resistance. The more people are unvaccinated, the less effective vaccines are as your odds of getting infected rise the more infected people you are exposed to.

thetitaniumdragon
thetitaniumdragon

Because there's nothing about being rational that makes you particularly nice, I suppose.

Plus it gets annoying after a while dealing with irrational people, so the urge to loose on them rises. Catharsis and all that. Though to be fair, if you are not arguing with the person, but rather to the audience, put downs can be highly effective at turning a crowd towards your side.

thetitaniumdragon
thetitaniumdragon

People have the idea that what humans do are somehow unnatural. If we vaccinate all children, then that will create a natural selection pressure on said children against those who have fatal reactions to vaccines. Given that vaccines are by far a net good to society, such a selective pressure arguably exists and it would be bad to fight against it, wouldn't it?

Or is that too cynical for you?

DavidFreuden
DavidFreuden

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rispecialeducation
rispecialeducation

We should take any study by the CDC with a grain of salt. I found Autism Speaks comment ridiculous. The toxins in vaccines multiplied by getting all at once doesn't take a scientist to know that you are multiplying the amount of toxins you are injecting. Children are being injured by vaccines and at the very least we should promote spreading out the vaccines.

boguesounder
boguesounder

There's another epidemic that seems to be overshadowed and that's Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes. It is caused by the immune system's attack on the beta cells of the pancreas which produce insulin. Since ganging vaccines revs up the immune system, it would be interesting to see if there is any correlation between childhood vaccines and new onset diabetes. 

vgupta123
vgupta123

What we need is a grading system for each vaccine like the one used for cancer screening by USPSTF. See: <http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/gradespost.htm#brec>

For example, based on evidence available to USPSTF, screening for colon cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer are currently given grade A, B, and  D recommendations respectively. 

Likewise, I can imagine measles vaccine, varicella vaccine, and HPV vaccine being given grade A, B, and C recommendations respectively. The vaccine grade could be based on safety and efficacy of the vaccine, as well as on the overall risk/benefit to the community. Only vaccines with grade A should be mandatory. 


JackieForsyth
JackieForsyth

Currently UCDavis MIND institute is working on a study where they are monitoring the response of children on the spectrum after vaccination. I believe that they are comparing this to a control group of neurotypical children. Our family declined invitation to participate on this one. Participants who were asked had already participated in prior studies.

This study being reported on here is ridiculous. Great, you know how many antigens....we need to know how the child's immune system is responding. It very well may be that parents are right in observations that their children had difficulty with vaccination. This question is still being looked into. If it were answered I very much doubt some place like the MIND Institute would be putting research time and money into looking into this. Maybe the results will answer questions and help parents with the important decisions when they vaccinate.

MichaelLiberty
MichaelLiberty

If everyone is vaccinated why do I need to vaccinate? If everyone is vaccinated how is not vaccinating putting anyone at risk???

AmyBurke
AmyBurke

I find it amazing how one can discount another. I placed sources that would lead to constructive discourse. I noticed that sources such as Naturalnews and Vacfacts would be jumped upon by those who desire to jump upon anyone who questions the norm that they have committed too. But both of those sites quote from the two Pubmed studies posted and Pubmed is the end all be all in the US for medical publishing.  How are we to have an intelligent discourse if you ask of me to quote sources for what I post and I comply, then, you choose to discount such by responding with opinion innuendo.  

hdavparks
hdavparks

I'm an old person, and when we were children, instances of autism were extremely rare to non-existent.   I cannot remember a single person in my school or neighborhood with autism.  We were minimally vaccinated much later than nowadays when the child is barraged with vaccines almost from birth.  Also, everyone is exposed to many other factors nowadays, in water, in air, and in preprocessed, GM modified foods that are laced with all kinds of preservatives, and the corporate food and medicine industries have been gradually deregulated.

I do believe, based on my life experience, and noting other factors, that almost anything is possible related to helping cause autism.

As far as "scientific studies" are concerned, science has been enlisted to serve the needs and goals of those who fund such studies.  In my opinion, the term scientific study does not hold near as much credibility in my mind as it did in earlier times.

Also, the human genome is being defined these days, and the results and methods are largely unregulated and uncontrolled by any regulating agency, so whatever those who own and control the technology want, they can find ways of making happen.  I will not speculate further on this element, except to say that all science and technology relating to human DNA and developmental engineering needs much more stringent government oversight than is happening nowadays when often the medical cures for certain human ailments can possibly be more lethal than the disease they are supposed to cure.

The certain thing is, autism is increasing rapidly among the population.   So is obesity.  So is diabetes 2, and other maladys. 

Something environmental is affecting human growth and development.


 

 


bribri
bribri

Unfortunately this latest research has an improper thesis, which is that autism is caused by an increased exposure to antigens. There's no evidence that this is true.

In this day and age every person needs to be their own doctor, do their own research, come to their own conclusions. EVERYONE should be wary of every vaccine for one reason alone, the federal government indemnifies drug companies against lawsuits related to vaccines.

MicheleJonesFodor
MicheleJonesFodor

I have 3 children I vaccinated all on the same schedule with the same vaccines. My middle child is on the spectrum but the other two children are not. I noticed from birth that there was something not quite right. Long before any vaccines given. I work in the medical field and DO NOT blame the vaccines for my child's autsim. He amazes me every day. So all you crazy anti vaccine wing nuts need to get off your high horse.

jimnyjeepny
jimnyjeepny

If it is a myth, it must have arisen as a result of the co-incidence of the average age of diagnosis and the average age of vaccination, and of course the maternal instinct's suspicious nature.

thepseudomancer
thepseudomancer

Reading the anti-vaccine nonsense in these comments makes me lose all hope for humanity. 

To the anti-vaccers: Not only are you putting your children at risk by refusing to get them vaccinated, you're also increasing the risks of everyone they come into contact with. Vaccinations have helped us eradicate diseases and yet you're willing to trust those with no credentials or medical experience when it comes to the health of your child. Really? Another independent study which shows no link between autism and vaccines and you're still holding onto these irrational beliefs.

Look at the origin of all this nonsense: Andrew Wakefield. A guy who took blood samples from children at a birthday party without parental consent. All of his research has been thoroughly debunked and not a single medical professional has come forward to support him. I feel like we've gone back to blaming demons for sickness and mental illness. Parents need someone or something to blame.

The truth is that these developmental issues are of natural cause. There are people born without sight, without hearing, with deformations... why does no one blame vaccinations for these ailments? Or maybe it's just a matter of time.

sooy3n
sooy3n

Another pro vaccine article from Time. Why am I not surprised? Nice try.

AmyBurke
AmyBurke

The CDC issued the following report http://www.forbes.com/sites/emilywillingham/2013/03/20/autism-prevalence-is-now-at-1-in-50-children/ . It is apparent that were a vaccine to work and actually provide life time immunity why then do the majority of scheduled vaccines require "booster," applications? Another interesting point. The rate of shingles have increased ten fold as we now see the first generation of chicken pox vaccinated individuals over 60 years of age. These are people who are told that the vaccination could have resulted in them having shingles but not to worry we have a shingles vaccination for you.... So basically a side effect of a vaccine has created a market for another vaccine.... Is this customer service or mandating a course of treatment for something that may or may not occur but will definitely keep you in the medical system, which now the government in the US wants to over see with the ability to fine and tax individuals should they exercise their free will not to partake in the plan...  

ChrisLa
ChrisLa

Vaccinations are simply poor science...plain & simple. Nowhere else in medicine do you see prophylaxis activity without even benchmark testing to determine one's baseline.  Vaccinations are issued without determining a person's baseline immune profile, further, follow-up testing is never performed to ensure a person's antigen level has reached therapeutic proportions. Therefore, only a casual link can be inferred as to the effectiveness of a specific vaccination. This is similar to the physicians who lack proper follow-up with their patients after prescribing antibiotics to confirm an infectious process has been arrested. Medicine as a whole has really nosedived in recent years with emergency & acute care experiencing stark improvements over maintenance care.....

Birdie
Birdie

Cancer, obesity, endocrine abnormalities, autism, ADD and whatever else are all increasing year by year in the industrialized part of the world.  I am not a scientist but I do know that my generation was exposed to small particle matter in the air, a lot of really funky stuff during the sixties and seventies and yet there weren't that many issues with mental health as we are facing today.  There aren't many studies that I am aware of to see the impact plastics has on our lives.  I look around me and everything is plastic, and that is the only variable that was introduced to our lives over the last thirty fourty years.  We do not even know what sort of plastics are connected in the food production before we see our food.  Look at how many children have lunchables, BPA in their baby formula, plastic on their skin via diapers, plastic bottles that mom boils to sterilize, plastic nipples in the bottle, and so on.  Fire retardant in our furniture, on our carpets, babies sleep on plastic mattresses.  I am convinced that it is the plastic.  Every aspect in our routines is somehow connected with chemicals that are totally unregulated and in our food chain one way or another.  The only women in the United States that have fairly "clean" breast milk are the Mennenites... go figure.

We use metal lunch boxes, metal water bottles, parchment paper to wrap our foods in, and I am not sure what chemicals are coated on parchment paper but it is better than Sara Wrap.  We do not use cooking spray or coated frying pans, nor do we heat up things in plastic in a microwave.  I save jelly jars or other glass jars as food containers to save my leftovers in. Yet, I know that it is impossible to ban all BPA or other toxins in my food.  There isn't any tomato paste on the market in glass containers, tomato is very acidic, so is lemon juice or vinegar sold in plastic, as well as fruit juices. I know I am fighting windmills but maybe one day I will run into a lawyer who will help me to fight the plastic industry or sue the FDA for not protecting us better.

Do not look for vaccines, look towards the packaging and food industry they are the ones.

awspicious
awspicious

*Multiple Vaccinations on Same Day Does Not Raise Autism Risk... anymore than Vaccinations Not Done On Same Day.  *So What?  That tells us nothing about why there is an Autistic risk associated with Vaccinations.

wrol1776
wrol1776

50 yrs ago, childhood cancer so rare it made national news and cover of Life magazine. autism was virtually unheard of. today, 1:80 autism. child cancer up 10,000%. its the vaccines, foods and water - these are the things that have changed.

wrol1776
wrol1776

that's right, and swallowing razorblades won't even scratch your throat, eating large quantities of arsenic is harmless, there was no building #7, there was no "operation paperclip", standing in front of a speeding train will not obliterate you, Obama is a natural born American citizen, they're not coming for our guns, and planned parenthood really loves children.

kimjonil
kimjonil

Love the way they just dismiss the German and Japanese studies that directly conflict with these claims