Non-Vaccinators: Is Fear of Autism Your Only Reason?


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Vaccines. Autism. The two always seem to go hand in hand. In newspapers. In conversations. On talk shows. People in the "pro-vaccine" camp seem to think that the only reason parents have for not vaccinating their children (or choosing just a few) is because they're afraid that vaccines cause autism. The thinking seems to go "if we could just convince non-vaccinators that vaccines don't cause autism, then everyone would vaccinate."

I'm not so sure that's true.

I went to a panel discussion on vaccines last week, and parents voiced all kinds of concerns that had nothing to do with autism: the potentially toxic ingredients in vaccines (aluminum, formaldehyde, and animal cells to name a few); the ever-increasing number of vaccines (the thinking goes, "I had one-fifth of the vaccines my kid is supposed to get and I'm fine); vaccines that seem unnecessary (Hepatitis B for newborns was the biggie here), distrust of pharmaceutical companies; and more.

Still, fear of autism is one reason some parents choose not to vaccinate. Some say that's no longer a "legitimate" fear.

Last year, it was discovered that Andrew Wakefield, the doctor whose study sparked the scare over the safety of the mumps-measles-rubella (MMR) vaccine for children, fixed his data, which created the appearance of a possible link with autism.

Earlier this week, The Lancet, the British medical journal that published Wakefield's study, formally retracted it and said it never should have published the research linking the MMR vaccine to autism.

Britain's General Medical Council ruled that Wakefield had shown a "callous disregard" for the children used in his study and acted unethically. Wakefield faces losing his license to practice medicine.

I'm curious: If you are a non-vaccinator is "fear of autism" your only reason for not vaccinating? If so, has the retraction of the study linking the MMR vaccine to autism convinced you that it's safe to vaccinate your children? What are the reasons you don't vaccinate?

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ethan... ethans_momma06

I highly suggest that ANY parent (whether you are pro vaccine or anti) read the book Saying No To Vaccines by Dr. Sherry Tenpenny. The reasons against currently vaccinating (completely withholding Autism from the equation) are still overwhelming. However while this scientist's research has been discredited the problem remains that the full side effects of vaccines may never be known, and the side effects of the ingredients in them have not been fully researched. People are in a rush to discount the Autism link, but I think until full research is done and disclosed to the public that that is foolish at best.

HotIr... HotIrishMama

My idiot neighbor refuses to vaccinate his kid because he is convinced that the military gave him a bunch of vacines that were not reported in his files, and that vacines make you contagious for whatever you are being vaccinated for, and that could cause your family to catch said problem! He even faught a public school to try to get them not to work with the county health dept in giving the flu mist vacine to kids at the school! I just don't get it, this guy is a total moron!! On top of it all, since the school still gave out the flu mist, he kept his kid out of school for 3 days so that she wouldn't catch anything from the kids who did get it. And now he is fighting the school to try to get them to remove the unexcused absent from his kids record!!

DreaK... DreaKevAiyana

To be honest, I had never even HEARD of autism until well after I decided I would not be vaccinating my daughter (and my girl is only 3 years old).  I had an awesome midwife who informed me of everything that would happen once my daughter was born, so when she told me they give the Hep B injection at birth, I decided I would find out more info on what it was for and what was in it (after all, I wasn't even allowing an IV to go in my arm while I was in labor so I wouldn't just let the nurses jab my daughter with anything they wanted).  I read up on the ingredients and just though "holy heck this crap will never go into my girl!"  Luckily I also have an awesome holistic chiropractor who in his 60+ years of life on this earth has seen many many diseases and never once received a vaccine, so he was also a big help when I was learning about each disease there is a vaccine for.

DreaK... DreaKevAiyana

HotIrishMama - there are vaccines that do shed (the MMR, varicella, and flu mist) because they contain live viruses in the vaccine, so your 'idiot' neighbor is not so much an idiot on that part.  If I had a child in school and that school was giving out a live virus vaccine like the flu mist I would definitely keep him/her home for several days because any child who receives the flu mist vaccine is potentially carrying the flu virus and if s/he sneezes or wipes their boogies and another child comes in contact with that (whether vaccinated or not, because vaccines are not 100%) they could become ill with the flu virus.

momof... momoflilangel

I choose not to vaccinate b/c of the nasty ingredients, b/c of how many they expect children to get in such a short time, b/c some "rare but serious" side effects are more dangerous then the disease they are vaccinating for, and b/c long term side effect haven't been researched.

auror... aurorabunny

Autism has nothing to do with why I don't vaccinate; my kid already HAS autism.  (We did vaccinate for the first year, btw.)  After learning so much about vaccines I'm thankful that autism is all my son ended up with.

RanaA... RanaAurora

ethansmomma, I personally dislike Sherry Tenpenny. I find her to be a doomsayer who ignores logic when it's convenient.

That said, the vaccines we don't get and my concerns about the ones we do has nothing to do with autism.

Toddl... ToddlerBrain82

Our reasons for selectively vaccinating our kids have everything to do with the toxic ingredients in many vaccines (specifically aluminum, which is in most vaccines, but also formaldehyde, trace amounts of mercury, animal proteins, etc) and very little to do with autism.

ClaireW ClaireW

I selectively vaccinate due to my son's severe food allergies and eczema. To me, there is CLEARLY something "wrong" with his immune system. Luckily, the allergies and eczema showed up before he had any shots (I refused the Hep B at birth just because I saw no way he would be exposed at home)so I know the shots had nothing to do with his problems. This also allowed me to selectively decide what he's going to get.

auror... aurorabunny

Wow Heather, since you've figured out what causes autism, you should call all of the brilliant scientists and doctors worldwide and let them know since they haven't been able to pinpoint it.  What a genius you must be!

And autism is a birth defect????

Get educated before you open your mouth pleeeease. 

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