The Autism/Vaccine Debate 

There are a lot of things we hear about as parents. Some things are so wild that we don’t believe them. Some things completely change how we care for our children.

The Big Debate

One of those topics is the vaccine and autism debate. This began with Dr. Andrew Wakefield in 1998. He claimed that he had done a study in which children had received vaccines and then began showing signs of autism. This went badly after people began investigating his claims. The “study” relied on memories and was redone in other countries. No connection was

This went badly after people began investigating his claims. The “study” relied on memories and was redone in other countries. No connection was ever found.

It was later proven that the study was entirely faked and there is no link between kids being vaccinated and having autism. Dr. Wakefield later lost his medical license.

What do I think?

Autism is an organic brain disorder. That’s what I learned in college. This means that when your child’s brain is forming, that’s when things happen that cause autism and other developmental disabilities. There’s no cure. Medications and therapy can help the symptoms but it’s there for life.

I figure that the kids mentioned in the “study” were around the age most kids start showing classic signs of autism, which is in the toddler and preschool years, around the same time as those shots. Dr. Wakefield put those two things together and went with it. Many kids that have less severe forms of autism, like Julian, are usually diagnosed later. He was five.

Dr. Wakefield put those two things together and went with it. Many kids that have less severe forms of autism, like Julian, are usually diagnosed later. He was five.

I’m all for parents doing what they are inclined to do for their kids. I’ve got a friend who homeschool three out of her five kids (the other two aren’t old enough yet). None of them are vaccinated. That’s not my thing but I respect her choice. My kids are fully vaccinated and attend two public schools. (My boys attend the same middle school.)

That’s not my thing but I respect her choice. My kids are fully vaccinated and attend two public schools. (My boys attend the same middle school.)

I do not, however, like the fact that Dr. Wakefield scared the hell out of millions of parents and caused a huge uproar. Parents still won’t vaccinate on time or all because of this “study”. I wish people would take time and read up on autism, its causes and the fact that it isn’t linked to vaccines.

I wish people would take time and read up on autism, its causes and the fact that it isn’t linked to vaccines.

Also, even if autism was caused in any way by vaccines, I’d much rather have a child with autism than one with a horrible disease like the ones we vaccinate our children against.

I pretty much knew it wasn’t true from the minute I heard about it. It never made sense to me. It may make sense to you, but everyone is entitled to their own thoughts. These just happen to be mine.

What are your thoughts? Feel free to leave comments.

6 thoughts on “The Autism/Vaccine Debate 

  1. barelyanadultt says:

    This whole thing has never made sense to me. And with all the things we vaccinated for being pretty much gone, up until everyone decided they shouldn’t vaccinate. I know autism isn’t a great thing, it’s hard. But even if this study was somehow a tiny bit true I feel like I would still rather that tiny chance happen than to risk my kid getting a deadly disease that was gone up until recently. I feel like herd vaccinating is important for kids who medically can’t get the vaccinations or kids, like my youngest, who aren’t old enough to have them all.
    As a parent I want my child well, and ALIVE. I don’t want them hurt from a disease that was nearly extinct!

    Good read!

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  2. candidcommentsbychris says:

    It is a debate and will always be a debate. I don’t agree with the amount of vaccinations that kids are getting today or the some of the ingredients that are being used. When I was a kid there was not nearly as many vaccinations as there are today. Babies today are getting 6 to 7 shots in one visit, that is ridiculous. How is a baby’s body suppose to handle that? Makes me wonder. Autism, yea vaccines possibly a contributor. Plus, It is more about money than a vaccine. For instance, the flu shot. I would never get a flu shot, in my opinion that is asking for the flu or worse. I know people who rarely get sick and they are required for their job to get a flu shot and then they get sick. There are too many strains of the flu and it mutates so it is impossible to prevent by a flu shot. OK enough rant, sorry, just my opinion.

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