As a parent, you worry about everything that you child eats, breathes, and drinks. One topic that has been of concern for many parents lately is the possible link between childhood vaccinations and autism.
Information on Autism
According to ninds.nih.gov, “autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior. ” Scientists still have had problems finding out exactly how autism is contracted by children. It has not been shown to be genetic yet so this is why some doctors and scientists believe that it is caused by vaccinations.
What Parents Think About Autism- Vaccine Link
According to alligator.org, previous research had linked the MMR vaccination with autism. In a poll, one in five adults stated that they think there is a serious link between autism and vaccinations. All children have to be vaccinated very young for MMR and this might be why scientists first thought there was a link between the two but that theory has been debunked.
Ingredients in Vaccines
As a parent, I have sometimes questioned the ingredients that go into vaccinations. The ingredient lists always have chemicals in them that I would never touch with a fifty foot pole yet they get injected into the veins of people every day in the United States. According to rense.com, The MMR vaccine has the following ingredients in it: neomycin sorbitol, hydrolized gelatin, chick embryonic fluid, and human diploid cells from aborted fetal tissue.
Study Done Causes Controversy
Recently, a study that was done on the link between vaccinations and autism in 1998 has been has shown to be inaccurate. According to myfoxal.com, a scientist named Andrew Wakefield worried many parents and made them question whether or not they should vaccinate their children. This ultimately made some children die because they contracted the diseases that they had not been vaccinated against. This angered many parents who felt like they had been tricked by the scientist. Wakefeld supposedly faked his test results to make his study show a link between autism and vaccinations.
Recommendations for Parents
Parents will need more information on autism and vaccinations in order to form their own opinions. Everyone can agree that vaccinations do have many health benefits and have prevented diseases like measles, polio, and rubella from being spread all across the United States. Until we know what causes autism, the answer to if vaccinations cause them can never be answered. Parents need to talk to their pediatricians about their concerns so that they make the right decisions for their children.