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MMR shot and Autism...

I know i'm just over reacting but after hearing all the drama relating to the MMR shot and Autism i'm curious to any real life moms out there believe there is any truth to this. Reason i'm asking is because my son just got his shot today, he's almost 18 months. He seems happy and healthy and full of life. Do i have any reason to worry?

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Asked by Anonymous at 7:18 PM on Jan. 19, 2009 in Health

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  • I personally don't believe that any vax will give a child autism. Autism has been around for centuries if not longer. And children who have never had a vaccine have been diagnosed with autism.

    The reason why there are so many more children diagnosed with autism is because they've broadened what makes a person autistic. So people who wouldn't have been diagnosed with autism 20 years ago are diagnosed as such today.

    The vaccines are just a skapegoat.

    Answer by amethystrse at 7:26 PM on Jan. 19, 2009

  • I have a child with a disorder that falls in the autism spectrum. Vaccines are not a scapegoat, they are still researching them as a trigger. And it may be too early after the vaccine for you to tell. MY son had a reaction to his DPT and we did get the MMR...but never again.

    Answer by SusieD250 at 7:29 PM on Jan. 19, 2009

  • "This report describes six mothers who received live virus vaccines and one who received a Hepatitis B vaccine during pregnancy after having received an MMR booster five months prior to conception. All the children who resulted from these pregnancies have had developmental problems, six out seven (85%) were diagnosed with autism, and the seventh seems to exhibit symptoms often associated with autistic spectrum disorders." --F. EdwardYazbak, MD

    "Every day new parents are ringing us. They all have the same tragic story. Healthy baby, child, teenager, usually a boy, given the DPT (diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus) or DT (diphtheria and tetanus), MMR or MMR booster followed by a sudden fall or slow, but steady decline into autism or other spectrums disorder."--The Hope Project (Ireland)

    Answer by Autumn22 at 7:36 PM on Jan. 19, 2009

  • "There has been a frightening increase in cases of autism that has not been explained. There are a number of anecdotal reports from parents that symptoms of autism have appeared close to the time of the (MMR) vaccine." Jane Orient, M.D., executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons and clinical lecturer in medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, and a professor of clinical medicine at the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine.


    Answer by Autumn22 at 7:36 PM on Jan. 19, 2009

  • "Measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and the whole panoply of childhood diseases are a far less serious threat than having a large fraction (say 10%) of a generation afflicted with learning disability and/or uncontrollable aggressive behaviour because of an impassioned crusade for universal vaccination.......Public policy regarding vaccines is fundamentally flawed. It is permeated by conflicts of interest. It is based on poor scientific methodology (including studies that are too small, too short, and too limited in populations represented), which is, moreover, insulated from independent criticism. The evidence is far too poor to warrant overriding the independent judgements of patients, parents, and attending physicians, even if this were ethically or legally acceptable." --Association Of American Physicians & Surgeons

    Answer by Autumn22 at 7:36 PM on Jan. 19, 2009

  • I got arthritis from my MMR. Good luck.

    Answer by Autumn22 at 7:36 PM on Jan. 19, 2009

  • There has been absolutely NO causation between the MMR and Autism shown in ANY study.

    The autism spectrum has been enlarged in the last few years, there are more children than in years before and diagnostic tools are much better than they ever have been in years past. Yes, of course, there will be more cases of Autism diagnosed!

    There is a correlation between the two...the symptoms of autism are generally recognizable at 18 months which is when the MMR is given. Correlation is not causation....

    And a report with SIX mothers? Hardly of any statistical value when inferred upon the whole of the United States.

    Autism was around before vaccines. Non-vaccinated children also have autism.

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 9:16 PM on Jan. 19, 2009

  • Clearly, there are plenty of theories connecting the MMR and autism -- and plenty of researchers are busy presenting their findings. At present, though, there is no conclusive evidence that live-virus vaccines actually cause autism. The CDC, the Institute of Medicine and other major research institutions studied the research conducted to date, and concluded that there is no evidence to support the connection.

    Answer by miriamz at 9:17 PM on Jan. 19, 2009

  • There is no evidence to show it does NOT cause autism.

    Answer by Autumn22 at 9:23 PM on Jan. 19, 2009

  • Following the initial claims, multiple large epidemiologic studies were undertaken. Reviews of the evidence by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,[5] the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences,[6] the UK National Health Service[7], and the Cochrane Library[8] all found no link between the vaccine and autism. The Cochrane Library's systematic review also concluded that the vaccine has prevented diseases that still carry a heavy burden of death and complications, and that the lack of confidence in the vaccine has damaged public health.[8]

    Answer by miriamz at 9:29 PM on Jan. 19, 2009

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