Childhood Diseases

Posted by: roline | 2011-03-22


vaccination and autism

I would like to know whether the " hype"  around the " link"  between the MMR vaccination and autism is actually scientifically son has to go for his and I am very weary of him getting it.
I would also like to know - we have had allergy tests (blood tests) done on my 8month old and all came back negative (for food as well as plant allergens). Can we trust these results? can my son still develop any allergies in the future??

Expert's Reply



The hype around the MMR has been shown to be just that, pure 'hype'. This has been shown to be completely untrue and the doctor who published this false indformation is under investigation in the UK and USA for publishing false information. If yor baby's allergy tests are completely negative now this is a good sign. The tests are accurate. Your child is unlikely to be allergic and also unlikely to develop allergies in future.

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Posted by: PUrple | 2011-03-22

No - what has been scientifically proven is that there is no link between vaccination and autism - this has been proved over and over and over again.

What caused the controversey was a man who was paid by an autism organisation to do a study on children with autism who had all been vaccinated. He used 12 children (the minimum needed for study to have any kind of validity is 100) and came to the conclustion that there was a link. This was then published in the Lancet - a credible medical journal (a magazine for doctors). However, the Lancet then withdrew this study, and the man who did the study has apparently come clean about it.

There were countries like Japan who stopped the vaccine completely becuase of these fears and found it made no difference to their autism rates and when they reintroduced the vaccine, it still made no difference and autism rates stayed the same.

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