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The Care and Feeding of Your Aspie: Part 65 – Okay… We’re going over it again… Vaccines don’t cause Autism

Since I have migrated over to this shiny new website, it has become easier for people to track me down. This means that people have been able to send me some email… Some of it kind of hateful… AND some of it is coming from the anti-vaccination crowd… I have spent the last couple weeks dealing with a bunch of these wackaroons (the anti-vaxxers)… So… I am not arguing with anyone anymore… I am not spending a second on it after this… This is my end all and be all of it… DO NOT send me emails telling me that vaccines cause autism. Do not comment with a statement that I am wrong on this…

I am all for your right to speak your mind and have your opinion… HOWEVER, I AM COMPLETELY AGAINST BAD SCIENCE… If you leave a comment that does not support this stance… it had better have a citation, or it is getting deleted… period, end of story…

So… Healthcare Triage #12 –

The following are studies that support my stance:

Lack of Association between Measles Virus Vaccine and Autism with Enteropathy: A Case-Control Study
Summary: This study provides strong evidence against association of autism with persistent MV RNA in the GI tract or MMR exposure. Autism with GI disturbances is associated with elevated rates of regression in language or other skills and may represent an endophenotype distinct from other ASD.

Increasing Exposure to Antibody-Stimulating Proteins and Polysaccharides in Vaccines Is Not Associated with Risk of Autism
Summary: The aOR (95% CI) of ASD associated with each 25-unit increase in total antigen exposure was 0.999 (0.994-1.003) for cumulative exposure to age 3 months, 0.999 (0.997-1.001) for cumulative exposure to age 7 months, and 0.999 (0.998-1.001) for cumulative exposure to age 2 years. Similarly, no increased risk was found for autistic disorder or ASD with regression.

Association between thimerosal-containing vaccine and autism.
ummary: The results do not support a causal relationship between childhood vaccination with thimerosal-containing vaccines and development of autistic-spectrum disorders.

Thimerosal and the occurrence of autism: negative ecological evidence from Danish population-based data.
Summary: The discontinuation of thimerosal-containing vaccines in Denmark in 1992 was followed by an increase in the incidence of autism. Our ecological data do not support a correlation between thimerosal-containing vaccines and the incidence of autism.

Immunization Safety Review: Multiple Immunizations and Immune Dysfunction
Summary: The committee found that evidence favors rejection of a causal relationship between multiple immunizations and increased risk for infections and for type I diabetes. They also found that epidemiological evidence regarding risk for allergic disease, particularly asthma, was inadequate to accept or reject a causal relationship. The committee recommended continued attention in the form of policy analysis, research, and communication strategy development to inform those concerned about these issues and to encourage parents to vaccinate their children.

Study Dispels Link Between Autism and Measles Vaccine
Summary: “We found no evidence that the [gastrointestinal] pathology consistently preceded autism, and we also found that the MMR didn’t consistently precede either autism or GI pathology.”

Autism and Vaccines
Summary: We looked at children who received vaccines and those who didn’t, or who received them on a different, slower schedule. There was no difference in their neurological outcomes.

The Problem With Dr Bob’s Alternative Vaccine Schedule
Summary: In his preface, Sears writes, “Doctors, myself included, learn a lot about diseases in medical school, but we learn very little about vaccines. … We don’t review the research ourselves. We never learn what goes into making vaccines or how their safety is studied. … So, when patients want a little more information about shots, all we can really say as doctors is that the diseases are bad and the shots are good.” Implicit in Sears’ premise is the idea that doctors do not know much about vaccines and that if parents educate themselves they will know more than their doctors. For some parents, this admission can be quite reassuring, allowing them to negate their doctor’s advice and take control of a worrisome situation.

There ya have it… The scientific community has spoken.

At the beginning of this piece, I stated that you shouldn’t reply without citations… If you have something that supports an opposing viewpoint… I am more that willing to listen to it… but if you can’t bring scientific citations, then I won’t listen.

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