Autism and Vaccines: Debunked

Vincent Baldassarri, Editor

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Claims of vaccines leading to Autism have been around since the 1990s. According to two studies by Andrew Wakefield, a former gastroenterologist physician in the United Kingdom, one specific vaccine in question was the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine. This study  [His studies]have been debunked, yet people still believe that vaccines can cause autism. Vaccines are safe and do not lead to Autism.

According to a 2013 Center for Disease Control (CDC) study, vaccines do not cause Autism. The study looked at the number of antigens (substances that make the body create antibodies in vaccines) from vaccines administered in the first two years of life. The study revealed that the kids with Autism and kids without Autism had the same amount of antigens received.

The flawed Wakefield Studies allege that vaccines lead to the development of Autism. The first study claims that the MMR vaccine gave children Autism by intestinal complication. The second study claims children with measles virus in their intestinal biopsy have a higher chance of Autism.

According to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the first study did not look at both vaccinated and unvaccinated children. Also, the intestinal inflammation (which is claimed to be the reason for the development of Autism) was observed after symptoms of Autism.

The second study did not determine if the measles virus in the patient’s intestines were natural-occurring virus or vaccine virus. The method the second study used to detect the measles virus is very unreliable, and usually gives off false positives. The study never explains how it avoids false positives using the method. Also, blinding was never confirmed in the case study to make sure cases were selected randomly. A blind study is when the doctor does not choose the candidates, but they are selected randomly for non-biased results.

Since the experiments, Andrew Wakefield was taken off the UK medical register because of his fraudulent work involving the studies and his unethical behavior and misconduct.

There was another study done by the CDC that proves that thimerosal, a general vaccine ingredient, did not lead to Autism either.

The claim that vaccines lead to Autism has no steady foundation. Time and time again, the Wakefield Studies have been debunked and proven to be false. The false narrative reported by these studies has harmed the public, especially children.

Some parents fearing the “effects” of vaccines chose to not have their children receive these life-saving medicines. These decisions could lead to their children developing polio, rubella, and other serious diseases.

Parents that do not bring their children to get their proper vaccinations should know that they are putting their child, and children around them, at risk for a list of horrible things. Vaccines protect people from disease; they do not cause them.

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