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Reports of measles spike with anti-vaccines, but should Autism be of concern?

Just mention Autism and vaccinations in the same sentence and you’re likely to polarize your listeners. Whether it be the anti-vaccine camp anxiously awaiting validation that they were right all along in rejecting vaccinations and immunizations for themselves and their children, or the pro-vaccine camp who shun the anti-vaccinators as crazed hippies who are jeopardizing the planet with their brood of walking, contaminated children. When it comes to vaccines, their side effects and the possibility that immunizing children increases Autism (Autism Spectrum Disorder), there is one area where everyone may agree: There’s a problem at hand.

A woman stands outside the General Medical Council (GMC) with a placard about autism on January 28, 2010 in London, England. Dr Andrew Wakefield was the first clinician to suggest a link between autism in children and the triple MMR vaccination.
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First, there’s a degree of panic sweeping the nation as a recent report shows an increase in Measles rates. Medical experts state the increase is directly related to the copious number of people who are swearing off vaccinations due to fears of their side effects and adverse reactions – not all of which are Autism. Think Progress tackled the issue in their “pro-vaccination” article “Measles is Spreading in our Largest Cities because People aren’t Vaccinating their Kids.”

Clearly, many whole-hearted believers in Andrew Wakefield’s study pointing to a link between Vaccinations (MMR) and Autism would respond that numbers such as 1 in 88 children are diagnosed with an ASD far outweighs the rise or increase in Measles and other nearly eradicated diseases. To many of these parents, vaccinations are a Russian roulette toss-up between the lesser of two evils.

On the surface, judging by and trusting U.S. government data, vaccines are safe. Adverse reactions are rare, death only occurs on a small basis, and confirmed cases of Autism were secondary to encephalopathy. You’ve most likely heard the adage, “Vaccines are safe and the benefits outweigh the risks.”

Well, if you believe that vaccines cause Autism and that Autism rates have spiked 78% in the past decade, you might not agree those risks are enticing.

If vaccinations do not cause Autism what does? What other cause is there that is targeting children nationwide and resulting in their developmental delays? Should it come as a surprise that parents are in panic mode, not because Measles, Mumps, Polio and other diseases are making a comeback (as serious as they are), when children are diagnosed with learning and developmental disorders at an alarming rate?

Future generations are on the brink of an epidemic of Autistic adults who will not be able to care for themselves.

Activist Post has an intriguing article titled, “22 Medical Studies that show Vaccines can cause Autism” with links to studies such as the NHIS “Hepatitis B vaccination of male neonates and autism diagnosis, NHIS 1997-2002” that states, “Universal hepatitis B vaccination was recommended for U.S. newborns in 1991; however, safety findings are mixed. The association between hepatitis B vaccination of male neonates and parental report of autism diagnosis was determined.”

Or the 2002 study, “Abnormal Measles-Mumps-Rubella Antibodies and CNS Autoimmunity in Children with Autism” that showed many autistic children had a higher level of MMR antibodies than the control children. The research summary concluded, “Stemming from this evidence, we suggest that an inappropriate antibody response to MMR, specifically the measles component thereof, might be related to pathogenesis of autism.”

Important Links:

Measles Outbreak in NYC Grows by 3 cases to 19 Total

Video: Andrew Wakefield Speaks about MMR, Autism

National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

Personal Stories of Vaccination Related Injuries/Autism

Court Awards Over $20 Million for Vaccine-Caused Autism

Case Study: Autism and Vaccines

Vaccine Court Awards Millions to Two Children with Autism

National Vaccine Information Center

The Vaccine War

Charisse Van Horn is the owner of the Daily News Beat blog. You can follow on Facebook at Daily News Beat.

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