Immunization – Vaccine preventable Disease

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Most anti-vaccination believers claim that the compound Thimerosal led to an increase in autism cases. The Measles/Mumps/Rubella vaccine is their usual target. However, Thimerosal was never used as a preservative in the Measles/Mumps/Rubella vaccine. No vaccine licensed since 1999 has contained Thimerosal as a preservative, except a few multi-dose container vaccines such as some (but not all) HIB and Influenza vaccines. Autism has not declined since 1999, thereby disproving this connection. However, this has not stopped anti-vaccination believers from claiming that it was the MMR vaccine itself that caused autism or that it was vaccines in general that caused autism. All of these ideas have been disproven in multiple scientific and legal examinations of the evidence. The primary scientific reason for the increase in autism diagnoses is due to more disorders being included in the Autism Spectrum and doctors getting better at diagnosing the characteristics of autism.
Excerpted from the article “Welcome to the Anti-Vaccine Body Count”

Autism

There are children and adults who have autism spectrum or pervasive developmental disorder (PDD).  The spectrum of conditions that fit into this category is quite broad.

First there is no single cause. 

It is a communication, processing disorder.  Individuals may have normal or above normal intelligence.  Some children may have severe cognitive limitations.  Some of the kids have some amazing strengths but suffer with social skills.  They are not sensitive to social cues.

In some cases there is a disconnection with sensory processing.  Some aspects of either receptive or expressive communication is disconnected.  I do not know what the disconnect may be.  In different individuals or cases it could be a different process entirely.

There is a proven chromosomal abnormality is some people with autism spectrum, but the majority have no proven link.

There is no proof that vaccines have caused the increase in autism.  The link between some vaccines and autism is more temporal than causal.  The first year of life is more motor driven whereas the second year is dramatic with cognitive and verbal development.

Thimerosal has been removed from the vaccines for at least 10 years but the incidence of PDD has continued to increase.

Of primary concern is the increasing prevalence of vaccine preventable disease due to parents choosing to not vaccinate their children.  We will see more death and illness that is preventable.

My primary concern is that there is some common environmental link.  Research is being done and all of us need to keep an open mind.  Autism is a devastating condition and requires early diagnosis and intervention.  Early implementation of OT and Speech can have a tremendous impact on our kids.

Immunizations

A lot of press has been given to immunizations.  Over the past 30 years I have had the opportunity to see many of the diseases that we now vaccinate against almost eliminated.  Now those diseases are coming back.  There has been an increase in whooping-cough of 150% over the past few years.  I worry what will happen to the small infants and newborns who are exposed.  I do not want to see the diseases that I routinely treated thirty years ago come back.  Please refer to these two links:

Vaccines for Your Children 

What Would Happen If We Stopped Vaccinations?