Vaccines and Autism
I'm not an antivaxer.... and I am not pro-vaccination. It's a bit more complicated than that.
My youngest son was born in 1986 and developed normally for about 16 months. At 18 months, Matt received another round of vaccines: DTP, Polio, MMR, HB and HIB. These were not his first – they were given at 2 months, 4 months and a couple more at 6 months and another couple at 12 months. Both my children received their vaccines on or close to the schedule recommended at that time – the last one at 18 months.
Matt began to regress into autism shortly after that. It was at Matt’s next visit that I spoke with the doctor about the changes I was seeing – Matt was just past his second birthday. We were planning to move to Virginia and there was a lot going on in our lives at the time. My doctor looked me straight in the eye and told me to get him to a doctor as soon as we got moved. Not so easy finding a doctor after a move. We found one, had to wait for the appointment. When we finally saw him he referred us to a psychologist… and we waited again for another appointment. At the psychologist’s office we were told he needed a “multidisciplinary evaluation” to include “pediatric, neurological, psychological, speech/language, audiological and educational”. We were referred to the Kluge Children’s Hospital for the full evaluation – and we waited yet again for that appointment. So although we knew something was wrong at 18 months, Matt was not evaluated until 30 months. Diagnosis: moderate / severe autism. He never spoke until he was 5 years old and to this day he is still mostly non-verbal. Autism was extremely rare.
Back then – in 1988 – I signed a consent form to have my children vaccinated. It warned of the risks involved, one of which was seizures and Matt had petite mal seizures. He would drift away, his eyes blank as if no one were there. The seizures were a result of inflammation of the brain – a rare, but serious side effect of his vaccines, and another was autism… listed right there in the vaccine insert. Did he get autism from his vaccinations? Most certainly so.
The thing is, is that I knew it was possible, took the chance and Matt just happened to be one of those rare individuals who reacted to the vaccinations that way – a 1:10,000 chance. I accepted that. I focused on his autism – not his vaccines. Vaccines saved millions of people, were a part of raising children and no one thought twice about it. It was rare…. No one knew what autism was and I couldn’t tell you how often I had to explain it when I told people. Matt’s entire childhood was basically me winging it as I learned more and more what autism was and wasn’t. My teacher was Matt himself. There were no “experts”, no prescribed treatment, and I never spent much time thinking about “why Matt” because I was focused on how to help Matt.
It never occurred to me that it meant that Matt would – or could – react to all vaccines after that, and after he suffered a severe case of pneumonia, I consented again to having Matt vaccinated – this time against pneumonia so he would never have to go through that experience again. Again, I received the booklet on the benefits vs. risks in a little blue booklet 10 pages long (printed in 1991 and still used in 1994). And yes, I signed it and Matt received another vaccine. The vaccine was called the pneumonvax shot. It was April of 1994 and Matt was only 11 years old.
I can’t express the anguish Matt went through a week or so later as he discovered his memory had left him. I sat on his bed with him as he cried - frustrated and confused - and yelled, “I can’t remember anything!” It’s called retrograde amnesia… and it too, is rare and can be caused by vaccines. (Vaccine. 2011 Aug 26;29(37):6369-70. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2011.04.126. Seizures and retrograde amnesia with cerebrospinal fluid changes following H1N1 influenza vaccination. Mitrakrishnan S1, Ranjanie G, Thirunavakarasu T, Manjula C, Nayananjani K.) Matt lost his childhood and my pain witnessing the traumatic event was only eclipsed by Matt’s pain in the loss of who he was.
No one had warned me that time. No one said it could injure him further or that having a reaction to a previous vaccine made the possibility of another injury even more possible. No one said anything because by then autism rates were increasing, vaccines had a target on their back, and doctors didn’t want to promote panic. How many people even know about the positive correlation of autism to vaccines found in 2011 and published in the J Toxicol Environ Health A. 2011;74(14):903-16. doi: 10.1080/15287394.2011.573736. A positive association found between autism prevalence and childhood vaccination uptake across the U.S. population. Delong G.
Vaccines, after all, do save lives. Millions of families have healthy children, millions of children are not getting life-threatening diseases. So what do we do? If people are afraid, vaccination will decrease and diseases – preventable diseases – will return. Maybe transparency is our first step. Maybe parental concern can drive new and better techniques in the making of vaccines…. Maybe.
So where does this leave me? Am I against vaccines? Am I an anti-vaxer? No, I am not, but I am not going to promote them as safe either. I know they are related – I watched it happen twice. The signing of the consent forms way back in 1986 and again in 1994, warned me of the possibility of these serious side effects of neurological damage. I knew it could happen, but because it was extremely unlikely, I took a chance. I vaccinated both my children. One handled them fine, one did not. One developed a life-long neurological condition which was brought on by a reaction to one of those vaccines, and one child never did.So no, I am not for or against vaccines anymore. I am for vaccine awareness . . . Awareness that vaccines can injure, as well as help prevent disease. I promote awareness, because once you sign that form whatever may happen to your child is on you…. It’s not a blame-game, as so many people think. It’s about making a decision – a really big one, because autism is not 1:10,000 anymore. It’s 1:54.
Do Vaccines Cause Autism?
I know you think about it. I know you wonder. Everyone needs to research this area before deciding what side of the debate you lean toward. To help in your research I have found an excellent presentation on the data. I invite you to listen. Please listen to this presentation.
Also, did you know that being vaccinated during pregnancy can cause an immune response that could cause autism in the fetus? Check out "Can Autism be prevented".
And... did you know that an Italian court has found the MMR vaccine responsible for autism??? Read it, Here.
Do vaccines cause autism? Watch this video and find out. Excellent video.
Are Vaccines Safe?
Research shows that toxins multiply when added together. Check out this article.
New Evidence reported in the Journal of Biomedical science
For those that are not up on the current studies on autism and vaccines but profess to be - read this (Dr Singh’s team, who worked at Utah State University in the U.S., report their findings in the latest issue of the Journal of Biomedical Science.) and then we'll talk.... "In 75 of the autistic children they found antibodies showing there had been an abnormal reaction to the measles component of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.
Nine out of ten of those children were also positive for antibodies thought to be involved in autism.
These antibodies attack the brain by targeting the basic building blocks of myelin, the insulating sheath that covers nerve fibers. This stops the nerves developing properly and may affect brain functions." Read the entire article Here
DPT and other vaccines
The FDA website lists autism as one of the adverse reactions to DPT vaccine - hmmmmm - it's right there in the package insert. Please read it for yourself. FDA - package insert for DPaT vaccine
Vaccines and Autism - the controversy continues
Check these studies....
Here is a list of 28 studies from around the world that support Dr. Wakefield’s research:
- The Journal of Pediatrics November 1999; 135(5):559-63
- The Journal of Pediatrics 2000; 138(3): 366-372
- Journal of Clinical Immunology November 2003; 23(6): 504-517
- Journal of Neuroimmunology 2005
- Brain, Behavior and Immunity 1993; 7: 97-103
- Pediatric Neurology 2003; 28(4): 1-3
- Neuropsychobiology 2005; 51:77-85
- The Journal of Pediatrics May 2005;146(5):605-10
- Autism Insights 2009; 1: 1-11
- Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology February 2009; 23(2): 95-98
- Annals of Clinical Psychiatry 2009:21(3): 148-161
- Journal of Child Neurology June 29, 2009; 000:1-6
- Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders March 2009;39(3):405-13
- Medical Hypotheses August 1998;51:133-144.
- Journal of Child Neurology July 2000; ;15(7):429-35
- Lancet. 1972;2:883–884.
- Journal of Autism and Childhood Schizophrenia January-March 1971;1:48-62
- Journal of Pediatrics March 2001;138:366-372.
- Molecular Psychiatry 2002;7:375-382.
- American Journal of Gastroenterolgy April 2004;598-605.
- Journal of Clinical Immunology November 2003;23:504-517.
- Neuroimmunology April 2006;173(1-2):126-34.
- Prog. Neuropsychopharmacol Biol. Psychiatry December 30 2006;30:1472-1477.
- Clinical Infectious Diseases September 1 2002;35(Suppl 1):S6-S16
- Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 2004;70(11):6459-6465
- Journal of Medical Microbiology October 2005;54:987-991
- Archivos venezolanos de puericultura y pediatría 2006; Vol 69 (1): 19-25.
- Gastroenterology. 2005:128 (Suppl 2);Abstract-303
Autism and Vaccines Researcher for CDC, Indicted for Fraud and Money-Laundering
Poul Thorsen, the principal coordinator of multiple studies funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) used to deny a vaccine/autism link was indicted on April 13th on 13 counts of fraud and 9 counts of money laundering. The charges relate to funding for work he conducted for the CDC, which claimed to disprove associations between the mercury-based vaccine preservative, thimerosal, and increased rates of autism.
Mercury, Autism and "Safe Minds" press releases for 2011
Landmark Case - Italy
Here's a list of research that does show a link to autism and vaccines - dispelling the myth that there is no research that does so. Click here.
Mercury, Autism & The Global Vaccine Agenda : Dr David Ayoub M.D.
Scandal Exposed in Major Study of Autism and Mercury
Chalk one up to the conspiracy theorists!
In 2008 the CDC found the link between vaccines and Autism
This study shows a link and was not in the press releases. Why?
In 2004 a study showed mice given thimerasol developed autism-like symptoms
Study Finds Genetic Link Between Autism, Vaccines
Some children carry the defective gene - others do not. Those with the gene are affected, those without the gene are not. Nice simple explanation for the relationship between autism and vaccination. Read the article from Autism Speaks site on the Columbia University research results HERE.
New Study: Hepatitis B Vaccine Triples the Risk of Autism in Infant Boys
Read article.. Article from the Huffington Post. How many of our children were given this vaccine as a child?
Autism Team - thanks to Autism Media Channel for sharing this with us!
Andrew Wakefield sues BMJ for claiming MMR study was fraudulent
Read article. It's what they don't say that is the real story. Still holding to the idea that there is no link between vaccines and autism, even with all the latest research stating otherwise. I wish I was on this jury. Would love to hear their defense of such journalistic abuse.....Meanwhile.... watch this interview with Dr. Wakefield to get a better idea of why he is suing. Interview with Dr Andrew Wakefield about the British Medical Journal, science and vaccines
CDC to study link between vaccines and autism . . . (finally)
"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants to study autism as a possible clinical outcome of immunization, as part of its newly adopted 5 year research agenda for vaccine safety, the agency said on its website". CDC's Immunization Safety Office, HHS's National Vaccine Advisory Committee, and even the national Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) now all support further research into a possible association between autism and immunization.
MMR vaccine has attenuated virus
virus /vi·rus/ (vi´rus) [L.] a minute infectious agent which, with certain exceptions, is not resolved by the light microscope, lacks independent metabolism and is able to replicate only within a living host cell; the individual particle (virion) consists of nucleic acid (nucleoid)—DNA or RNA (but not both)—and a protein shell (capsid), which contains and protects the nucleic acid and which may be multilayered.
Rubella has long been known to cause autism.....
Don't believe it? How about if it came from the CDC????
Types of Vaccinations
All vaccinations work by presenting a foreign antigen to the immune system in order to evoke an immune response, but there are several ways to do this. The four main types that are currently in clinical use are as follows:
- An inactivated vaccine consists of virus particles which are grown in culture and then killed using a method such as heat or formaldehyde. The virus particles are destroyed and cannot replicate, but the virus capsid proteins (outer coat) are intact enough to be recognized and remembered by the immune system and evoke a response. When manufactured correctly, the vaccine is not infectious, but improper inactivation can result in intact and infectious particles. Since the properly produced vaccine does not reproduce,booster shots are required periodically to reinforce the immune response.
- In an attenuated vaccine, live virus particles with very low virulence are administered. They will reproduce, but very slowly. Since they do reproduce and continue to present antigen beyond the initial vaccination, boosters are required less often. These vaccines are produced by growing the virus in cell cultures, in animals, or at suboptimal temperatures, allowing selection of less virulent strains, or by mutagenesis or targeted deletions in genes required for virulence. There is a small risk of reversion to virulence, this risk is smaller in vaccines with deletions. Attenuated vaccines also cannot be used by immunocompromised individuals.
- Virus-like particle: vaccines consist of viral protein(s) derived from the structural proteins of a virus. These proteins can self-assemble into particles that resemble the virus from which they were derived but lack viral nucleic acid, meaning that they are not infectious. Because of their highly repetitive, multivalent structure, virus-like particles are typically more immunogenic than subunit vaccines (described below). The HPV and HbV vaccines are two virus-like particle-based vaccines currently in clinical use.
- A subunit vaccine presents an antigen to the immune system without introducing viral particles, whole or otherwise. One method of production involves isolation of a specific protein from a virus or bacteria (such as a bacterial toxin) and administering this by itself. A weakness of this technique is that isolated proteins may have a different three-dimensional structure than the protein in its normal context, and will induce antibodies that may not recognize the infectious organism. In addition, subunit vaccines often elicit weaker antibody responses than the other classes of vaccines.
A number of other vaccine strategies are under experimental investigation. These include DNA vaccination and recombinant viral vectors.