Delaying or Skipping Vaccinations Has No Effect on Autism, Study Says

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needleWe worry about our kids getting vaccines. Some of us believe they could cause autism. Some of us just aren't sure and so the fear of our kids getting whatever the vax is for outweighs the fear of autism. Because there is no known cause or cure, there are just far too many questions, concerns, and theories. And if you trust studies, there is a new one out telling us that there is no connection between the number of vaccines our children get and the risk of autism. This includes the number of vaccines given at one visit, as well as the total number within the first two years of life. 

But the researchers at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention also found that even though most kids get more vaccinations today than in years past, those vaccines don't have as many substances in them to "provoke an immune response."

It's still a little confusing for the skeptics.

What they are essentially admitting is that, yes, there was some bad stuff in our vaccinations years ago that maybe could have created a disorder of some type in some children. But not today. And we know that now because of how far we've come in studying this. What happens 10 years down the road, though, when they discover something they weren't able to today?

I'm not saying I'm a believer, but I am a questioner. Like I said, too many unknowns, too many concerns, too many theories.

Frank DeStefano, director of the Immunization Safety Office of the CDC, worked with a team to really look at the vax histories of around 250 kids who were on the spectrum and compared them to 750 typical kids. They studied how many antigens each child was given and if that affected the risk of autism. An antigen is something in a vaccine that produces antibodies to fight off infections. DeStefano said:

The amount of antigens from vaccines received on one day of vaccination or in total during the first two years of life is not related to the development of autism spectrum disorder in children.

DeStefano and his team weren't surprised with these finding because kids -- all people -- are exposed to antigens all the time from bacteria and viruses. It's interesting to note that the number of antigens were once several thousands (in the late 1990s). Now there are 315.

Professor Ellen Wright Clayton, who has studied vaccine safety said:

I certainly hope that a carefully conducted study like this will get a lot of play, and that some people will find this convincing. The sad part is, by focusing on the question of whether vaccines cause autism spectrum disorders, they're missing the opportunity to look at what the real causes are. It's not vaccines.

I think we just hope those real causes are discovered soon. I also wonder what Congress is thinking right now.

What do you think of this study? Do you think there is a link between the number of vaccines a kid gets in one visit or during first two years affects risk of autism?


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nonmember avatar Rory Gilmore

No, I don't believe there is a link between vaccines and autism. I haven't believed since the first study that was released years ago that said the same thing, and I will continue to not believe. It's been proven by many studies, so I'm not sure why so much time and energy is being spent. People are going to believe what they want to believe. The anti vaxers are hardcore, and unwilling to listen to anyone else. I just hope now the money can be spent on researching treatments or going to actually assisting autistic individuals.

EmmaF... EmmaFromEire

Oh, so you mean to tell me that Wakefield's piss-poor science was WRONG? That just because he wanted to peddle his own version of the MMR vaccine doesn't mean I should disregard what he says?

There is no connection between vaccines and autism. For those of you who claim to have ''done research'' learn how to interpret scientific journals, not just read another blog. Learn how vaccines actually work. For those of you who like to whine about ''mercury in vaccines'', mercury has not been used in vaccines for years. Not that it was ever an issue anyway, there's more mercury in the average chocolate bar than there is in a vaccine, but so many fools werenot vaccinating that they hadto use an alternative.

There are reasons we have vaccines. Yes, not all of them are applicable to each person, but do not dismiss them because of your own personal bias. 

Coles... Coles_mom

I agree with both previous posters. My kids are vax'ed and one the regular schedule.

Coles... Coles_mom

*on the regular schedule. Cafemom--I don't complain about your site very often, but stop with the pop up ads...they jack my phone up and make it unable to see what I'm typing.

Littl... LittleFrogsMA

We've known for six years that the link between autism and vaccinations was faked.  Why some people have been so persistant in believing otherwise astounds me.


No.  There isn't a link between autism and vaccination.  There never was.

LadyM... LadyMinni

Bullshit. The people being paid to force vaccines down our throats aren't going to say that they're unsafe. I have seen with my own eyes what vaccines can do to children. Kids need a genetic/epigenetic predisposition towards autism to be able to be "pushed" into it, but the vaccines are triggers.

I saw my perfectly healthy, bilingual brother reduced being nonverbal after he was given eight combination vaccines in one day because my mother didn't know differently when the idiot doctor said "It's perfectly safe!" Twenty-four hours after being given those vaccines, my baby brother lost the ability to speak. He spent the next two and a half years screaming, grunting, and pointing. He still can't fully articulate what he means. He can't control himself. He gets up and runs, making strange noises. He can't focus. He's brilliant, artistic, talented, and violent. He's not so violent anymore, but he still has moments. He can still barely make eye contact. Do you have any idea what that is like, to have someone you love be unable to look you in the eye...because they just can't? He challenged my mother to a staring contest last week and won twice- a bonafide miracle. She was crying in the restaurant.


LadyM... LadyMinni

After seeing what those vaccines did to my brother, I cannot in good conscience risk my own children that way. They will be getting some vaccines, but only that absolute most vital ones, always spaced months apart. I will never allow them to get combination vaccines. FYI, you can ask for them to be given separately. I'd do it if I were you. Your doctors will argue, probably even tell you that it can't be done, but they're lying to you.

You're spending so much time saying that there is no proof of a link between vaccines and autism, all because you want to believe the people making millions of dollars every year off of the sale of vaccines. I bet you believe GMOs are safe as well! Lobbying keeps harmful things "safe" and legal. Frankly you're fools if you don't understand that. I have seen the link, so fuck the bullshit studies.

Craft... CraftyJenna

No I don't believe there is a link, and I hope more people see this study. It scares me that so many people are refusing to vaccinate and deadly deseases are coming bad as outbreaks and people are dying because of it. I vaccinate, myself and my child on schedul.

nonmember avatar H

I delayed and spaced out my sons vaccines and at 3.5 years he was just diagnosed on the spectrum. I believe vaccines have little if anything to do with autism.

nonmember avatar blue

Anyone that I know who delays or skips, does not due so for an autism link. There are many reasons, that have nothing to do with that.

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