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Published: Thursday, May 23 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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airnaut
Everett, 00

Agreed Cindy.

But don't expect Corporations to admit their mistakes -- that would mean lawsuits, and lawsuit mean money.

But isn't it YOUR family who pays the REAL costs -- financially and with the handicap your son will have the rest of his life -- all for sake of Corporate earnings?

slreader21
SOUTH SALT LAKE, UT

By your reasoning, autism should have reached epidemic status before the vaccine was available. German measles was rampant for centuries.

Blue
Salt Lake City, UT

Cindy, the objective evidence simply does not support your conclusions. Personal anecdotes are not science, and correlation is not the same thing as causation.

What would the state of modern medicine be like if personal anecdotes trumped objective, peer-reviewed research?

We'd still be exorcising demons to cure colds.

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

Thank you for your courageous letter. The countless other testimonies similar to yours are too compelling to ignore, and from the research we did on when our kids when they were little, the scientific studies done (at least at that time) were small and poorly designed and simply unable to account for a genetic predisposition.

The fact that autism, which used to be extremely rare (perhaps 1 in 10,000), has risen so dramatically (now around 1 in 100) and that science is so far clueless on the cause of this rise, should make us all very cautious.

We need more and better research done by scientists without a financial stake in the outcome, period!

Zaruski
SLC, UT

Doctors are people just like every one of us. I don't think they wake up in the morning and rub their hands together gleefully thinking about what misinformation they can spread that will ruin their patient's lives.

(@TylerD)
Same thing with scientists. For example, pharmaceutical companies outspend in marketing to R&D 3 to 1. So while they spend millions in trying to figure out how to make their TV ads convince people that their drug will help men everywhere recover their manhood, most real medical breakthroughs happen at public universities where, indeed, researchers don't have much of a financial stake, other than having to beg for their next grant.

Hemlock
Salt Lake City, UT

In the past autism was rarely DIAGNOSED, but was not necessarily rare. Everyone has sympathy for your child, but your angst should not drive scientific decisions. Autism remains enigmatic and research continues, but blaming immunizations is not the answer. The emotional lynching of vaccines will only bring further sorrow.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Nothing is better than to use anecdotal evidence when scientific research doesn't agree with your opinions.

It's okay, you folks aren't the first or last to do this. For centuries people argued that the earth was square and that the sun revolved around the earth.

Makid
Kearns, UT

The scary thing about vaccinations and autism is that those who suffer from autism are at the same ratio to those that don't suffer.

Autism used to be broken down into many multiple categories, these were all combined to make classification easier.

The rate of vaccinations have increased in many parts of the world, yet, their rates of autism is the same as those that receive vaccinations and those that don't receive them.

You would think that the developing world would see a large increase in autistic children yet they aren't.

But, with so many parents refusing to vaccinate their children, many diseases that were on the verge of being wiped out are now coming back and they are affecting more and more people.

I am personally fine if you don't want to vaccinate your children but to use false studies and false statistics to support your decision is wrong. Do or don't, just don't blame others when the child is diagnosed as autistic when they aren't vaccinated (New and climbing trend, so it must be something else) or when the child dies of a disease that a vaccine would have prevented.

Lasvegaspam
Henderson, NV

Have studies been done on "closed" populations, i.e., the Amish, Mennonites, fundamentalist LDS groups, to measure their rates of autism against the general population's?

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

@Zaruski – “I don't think they wake up in the morning and rub their hands together gleefully thinking about what … will ruin their patient's lives.”

No one except paranoid conspiracy folks are claiming this.

@Hemlock – “In the past autism was rarely DIAGNOSED, but was not necessarily rare.”

This may account for some portion but it’s doubtful it explains the 100 fold increase, nor does it account for the relatively modern phenomenon of toddlers appearing to be perfectly normal until right after receiving a vaccine series.

And there seems to be some confusion about the nature and limits of science. It’s worth noting that anecdotal evidence often precedes scientific confirmation. Also, science is only as good as the studies constructed (control groups, ability to isolate & measure variables, etc…).

As previously mentioned, we were not impressed with the scale and rigor of the studies (what little there were) done by the mid 2000’s and are hoping more and better ones will be done in the future.

In the mean, please stop trying to label those who question as irrational or worse…

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

I am going to propose something really wacky.

Perhaps immunizations have led to more cases of autism. It is possible.

However, I think immunizations are a valuable way to combat disease.

Sometimes with medicines we have side effects. It is sometimes the cost of things.

Really???
Kearns, UT

The author of this opinion isn't asking people to not immunize their children, but rather she is questioning the timing of a particular immunization. Please read thoroughly and understand the main ideas before you make comments.

What in Tucket?
Provo, UT

It seems to me one in five have some autism. Perhaps in the typical bell shaped curve there may be a rare instance like this mother mentions.

Illyria
Australia, 00

I don't agree that we should be taking medical / scientific advice from parents of children with autism. Unless they have a degree in Immunology, and years of on the job experience, they're not experts in the cause of autism. They, like the rest of us, are just making assumptions based on their own situation and their own bias. The increase in autism in children is alarming, but it's counterproductive to close our minds to the many things that may cause it. To blame vaccination ignores the many other factors, including the genetic factors. Vaccination simply does not cause autism, and no matter how many times it is repeated by people who believe they know more than they actually do, it won't make it true. The only way to prove a scientific fact is scientifically, and we know that there have been many who have tried since Wakefield made his dishonest statements, and not a single one has managed to prove a link. Sorry, but facts are facts.

motherurth
Somers, CT

Thank you for this article. I just learned a few days ago that my son has the Autism Spectrum Disorder. I am completely convinced that it is from the MMR vaccine he got when he was 18 months old. Someone commented about the Amish community too?? Did you know that Amish children don't have any cases of Autism? None! And do you know that they don't vaccinate their children?
My son's behavior did change after he had his vaccine. He also contracted Lyme disease around that time and may have problems from that as well. Luckily he seems to have a mild type. The actual Diagnosis was PDD NOS or Pervasive developmental Disorder Not otherwise specified. I agree that vaccinating later is better. My child who is 5years old was vaccinated at age 3 and 5. He is absolutely fine

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