It's safe to vaccinate kids — studies find autism risks are linked to genetics instead

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  • andyjaggy American Fork, UT
    July 29, 2014 9:07 a.m.

    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.

  • SamiAntha Murray, UT
    July 28, 2014 10:10 a.m.

    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 scheme
    Get 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!

  • Morrison ,
    July 26, 2014 10:06 a.m.

    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.

  • Morrison ,
    July 26, 2014 10:05 a.m.

    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.

  • RG Buena Vista, VA
    July 26, 2014 9:43 a.m.

    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.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    July 25, 2014 11:59 p.m.

    It's always been safe, and smart, to vaccinate. People, however, are not.

  • Ace Farmington, UT
    July 25, 2014 9:53 a.m.

    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.

  • Deserthiker SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    July 25, 2014 9:11 a.m.

    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 Kuna, ID
    July 25, 2014 7:35 a.m.

    While I do get my kids there shots, I think any study can be bought off by big pharma.

  • JLindow St George, UT
    July 25, 2014 7:23 a.m.

    "it's once again safe to vaccinate kids"

    As if it wasn't before?

  • On the other hand Riverdale, MD
    July 25, 2014 7:21 a.m.

    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, lasting harm.