The supposed link between vaccines and autism was put forth in the medical
journal The Lancet in 1998 by British medical researcher Andrew Wakefield and
colleagues. Scores of scientists have explored this hypothesis in the years
since, and none have been able to reproduce Wakefield's results. Between
2004 and 2011, it was revealed that Wakefield had several conflicts of interest
which he failed to disclose to his coauthors and to The Lancet (including a
scheme to create a multi-million dollar industry around diagnosing "autistic
enterocolitis", a medical condition invented by Wakefield in the study and
widely discredited since). The UK's General Medical Council (GMC) conducted
a lengthy investigation and found Wakefield guilty of serious professional
misconduct. The British Medical Journal has documented how Wakefield falsified
some of his data to match his conclusions. The Lancet withdrew the paper, and
the GMC revoked Wakefield's right to practice medicine.The
large number of children whose parents have avoided vaccination as a result of
Wakefield's claims create a real public health risk. Despite the medical
community's efforts to educate society on the safety of vaccines, myths and
conspiracy theories abound. Wakefield's fraud has caused society serious,
"it's once again safe to vaccinate kids"As if it
While I do get my kids there shots, I think any study can be bought off by big
While the potential for corruption exists in any industry, those who question
the safety of vaccination on the basis of "big pharma" fixing the
results ignore the fact that many studys document the safety and efficacy of
vaccinations, most of them not sponsored or influenced by the pharmaceutical
manufacturers. There are risks to being vaccinated. Nothing in life is risk
free. There are greater risks in not being vaccinated. The research evidence
clearly indicates that on balance, your child is much safer vaccinated than not.
The fact that there is an occasional bad reaction to vaccination doesn't
change that risk equation. It's not just an individual decision. Every
child left unvaccinated is a potential disease transmitter who places other
children and adults of frail health and immune deficiency at risk of severe
illness or death. For many diseases, such a measles, we could forever eradicate
the disease (remember smallpox) if enough were vaccinated, eventually
eliminating the need for any one to be vaccinated.
Aggie5 - That's a silly conclusion to make with regard to vaccinations.
Remember, vaccinations prevent diseases. What do you think would be more
profitable to "Big Pharma" and the medical industry: giving you a $9
vaccination for measles, mumps, and rubella, or treating a substantial part of
the population for these debilitating and life-threatening diseases, some of
which can have effects lasting for years (if you survive). Vaccines are a clear
money-loser for the medical industry.
It's always been safe, and smart, to vaccinate. People, however, are not.
The whole anti vaccination feeling was a product of scientific fraud, as On the
Other Hand pointed out. It was also a product of our society that operates
according to media hype and a low level of scientific literacy (in fact, if you
have ever watched Jaywalking, quite a few people have no current
events/historical/political literacy either). The media parrot all the scary
things that people say, whether they are right or wrong, but most members of the
media are not scientists (or historians, etc etc.) and their listeners or
readers are not either, and human nature leads us to believe the scare
stories.Aggie5 "While I do get my kids there shots, I think any
study can be bought off by big pharma." (Their?)Corporations are
fraudulent too sometimes, but so is the government. But in this case, the
evidence is clear that the vaccination/autism link was totally bogus.
The fact remains that there was a drastic increase in the number of children
diagnosed with autistic spectrum symptoms at the beginning of the 1990's --
a tremendous explosion in the number of children affected, and this was true in
developed countries all over the world. Many professionals
attempted to explain this away by asserting that this just represents better
ability to diagnose individuals with autistic spectrum -- that there was no
increase. This is of course not true, because we are not diagnosing large
numbers of adults in the population who would be on the autistic spectrum.It is obvious to me that there is some environmental factor responsible
for this drastic increase in autistic spectrum disorders -- a factor that we
have yet to identify. Genetics cannot explain this increase. The fact is that
no one knows, yet. There are many unanswered questions. Why are boys five
times more likely to be affected than girls? No one knows. When girls have
autistic spectrum problems, why are their symptoms usually more severe than with
boys? No one knows.
As the father of an autistic child, I understand the caution that parents
exercise to try and protect their children. Until someone can explain the cause
of autism, it is wise to be cautious. Something in our modern world is
affecting the lives of our children, and we don't have a clue yet why. The
medical community has a hard time admitting this. Until we know what causes
autism, studies like this should be taken with a grain of salt.
The thing that annoys me is you NEVER hear about the findings, of the fellow who
claims to prove vaccines do not cause autism, were DEBUNKED!! this won't
let me post the link so google CDC vaccine scientist who downplayed links
to autism indicted by DOJ in alleged fraud schemeGet both sides of the
story! Pro vaccine people accuse those who see harm in vaccines "not doing
their homework" REALLY?? What sources, other than articles such as this, do
pro vaccine people have? WATCH your sources!
I'm glad to finally see public opinion shifting on the vaccine debate.
Vaccines are safe and a no brainier. They don't contain mercury anymore.
They are a clear money loser for the pharma industry, so those conspiracy
theories can be thrown out the window. Even if, and that's a really big if,
they did cause autism in .001% of the population, would you rather have your
child not have the chance to grow up at all, or have you child grow up with a
mental impairment? I know which one I would chose.If our ancestors
who dealt with these diseases and worried there child might die any time they
contracted a fever knew we could eliminate them with a simple shot, and many
people chose not to, they would think we were insane.