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March 03, 2011

Vaccines and Austim

Do vaccines contribute to autism? I'm putting this out there for Parent Club discussion, comment and knowledge sharing because this hot topic is close to my heart.

Next week, Thing 3 goes for his 1st well baby visit...where the 1st set of vaccines are usually given...and I am not informed. Yet.

The best way to be an advocate for your child is to be informed. And I'm coming to you, dear readers, who have been there, done that, or have a friend who experienced it. What do you think about vaccines and autism?

Google brings up Jenny McCarthy's Time interview in the top search results when searching if vaccines contribute to autism autism. (And Jenny thinks it does).

Dr. Oz has an article on his site penned by Dr. Ari Brown investigating vaccines contributing to autism. (Dr. Brown presents it doesn't).

Now I admit, these might not be the most academic sources for my research thus far...which is why I'm coming to you...

What think you on the autism Vs. vaccine debate?

Please chime in your comments below. Obviously this is a personal (and perhaps for some - passionate) topic...thus I ask comments be respectful yet authentic.

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At March 3, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. , Anonymous elizabeth said...

I've spoken to my pediatrician about this on a few occasions. He is one of the physicians who teaches at Sick Kids in Toronto, keeps up with research and I trust his judgement in things after 12 years of him seeeing our 6 kids. His response was that there were only 1 or 2 studies that ever showed a link between vaccines and autism and the results were not reproducible because they were very flawed, poorly designed studies. If a study shows a true result then that result should be able to be replicated in subsequent studies.

The danger now is that as a society we've grown up without seeing the effects of many of the diseases we regularly vaccinate against. We don't realize how bad they are. The refusal to vaccinate can have serious consequences for your child, their peers and your family. However I know many parents who opt to delay the schedule of vaccines somewhat in order to allow for more growth first.

It's a weighty topic for sure. Good luck with your deliberations.

At March 3, 2011 at 10:32 a.m. , Blogger Mme Siouxie said...

The doctor who started this whole thing (with a completely discredited piece in The Lancet) had developed another vaccine, which he was hoping to market. His "research" was shown to be completely fabricated and false. Sadly, a lot of kids are now falling sick with measles, a deadly disease.

(And, sorry to state the obvious, but Jenny McCarthy does not have any medical credentials.)

See this article from the Globe and Mail
Study linking vaccines with autism a ‘fraud,’

At March 3, 2011 at 10:40 a.m. , Blogger Dan said...


At March 3, 2011 at 4:23 p.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

the research was false and completely unscientific. He has been stripped of all credentials in the UK (where he was working) and it is a very sad story of greed and a complete lack of morals. On the other hand, I have met someone who had a child who seemed to be developing normally was starting to verbalize, then had the 12month shots and never spoke another word. Those stories fill you with horror, but are NOT supported by the research. My pediatrician, who is an older gentleman was able to alleviate my fears about the vaccine, but also could tell me what life was like for him as a young doctor with no vaccines, and having children die every day due to measles & whopping cough. He was very strongly in favour of vaccine after that experience - which made a lot of sense to me.

At March 3, 2011 at 9:22 p.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The initial study which (erroneously) linked vaccines to autism has now been totally discredited. British journalist Brian Deer ( has written a book about the doctor who led the bogus study, and how he was ultimately found by the U.K.'s General Medical Council to have acted unethically and dishonestly. There is no causative connection between vaccines and autism. My two boys had all of the standard vaccines and they are fine, at ages 16 and 19.

At March 6, 2011 at 7:20 p.m. , Anonymous Mme Cornue said...

I didn't like vaccines at all... before! Two years ago I lost my son after a huge infection. He had chicken pox and the doctor never notice is other infection...

Now, all my kids have there vaccines on time, no matter what they say about autism or other thing. :)

Nadia (MmeCornue)

At March 8, 2011 at 11:57 a.m. , Blogger Parent Club said...

Nadia I am so sorry for your loss.

At March 11, 2011 at 9:06 p.m. , Blogger Multi-Testing Mommy said...

This is such a difficult topic!

I honestly don't know where I stand because really, no one does know what causes Autism!

I think the one thing to think about when it comes to Vaccines and Autism though is that the original study that got everyone so scared about vaccines being linked to autism has since been pulled by the doctor/researcher himself. But, once something gets out there and is in our minds, it's hard to let it go!

It's a difficult decision to make, but my advice to you is once you make it, make it and don't look back! Feel good about what you've done and know that you've done what you feel is the the best you can do for your child given the knowledge that you have! Don't let other people second guess yourself.


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