Vaccinations Linked To Autism

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star_eyes - November 26

Hello. I am due on January 3rd and am wondering if anyone can help shed some light on vaccinations for babies. I took an infant care class recently and the teacher very breafly went over vaccinations so I really didn't feel like I learned a whole lot about that. This is my first child so I really don't know what to make of any of it. I was talking to a friend today who told me that autism is now being linked to the many vaccines that are being given to children these days. Is this true?? I'd love to hear what you ladies hav eto say about this. Thanks!

 

ShoppingForTwo - November 26

This is a very contorversal subject. Nothing has been proven on the subject 100%, you will get a lot of different responses. My opinion is to ask for the insert for each shot, the research each ingredient and come to your own conclusion. The main complaint is the amount of thermisol aka mercury in each shot. I think its over 40%-60% or something like that. Most of the shots are made now made thermisol free, you just have to request it. Good luck!

 

Iamamiracleangel - November 26

Yeah...and even if the vaccines did cause Autism, that would be the least of my worries. I'd rather my baby have autism then teta__s, or meningitis. Not to mention that most schools in the US require children to have vaccines before being allowed into the school. I think shoppingfor2 had a very good answer, I didn't know about the mercury in the shots! GL to ya.

 

josie4 - November 26

Hi star-eyes. Yes, vaccinations are linked to autism and many other diseases. I've done a lot of research on vaccinations and have decided not to have my children vaccinated. A great book I recommend is What Every Parent Should Know About Childhood Immunization by Jamie Murphy.

 

sahmof3 - November 26

There has been no conclusive evidence that vaccinations cause autism. My oldest son has Asperger's, which is a high-functioning form of autism. I KNOW he's had signs since day 1. Personally, I didn't see any vaccination link IN HIS CASE. Some moms swear that after the MMR is when their child regressed. Mine never regressed... he just failed to progress in many instances. I think there could be different triggers for different kids. Anyway, I've read both sides... I still vaxed my younger two kids. The benefits outweigh the risks IMO. Neither of them have autism.

 

DaBonkElsMe - November 26

I have done alot of research into this myself, and it seems that the MMR shot is the one many moms are linking to autism. However there is no scientific evidence to back this up. BUT that could be due only to the fact that no conclusive tests have ever been done. There was a time when we did not have any evidence to prove that lying a sleeping baby on his tummy could be linked to SIDS, but now doctors will tell you to put your baby on his back. So the conclusion I have come to is that the MMR vaccine seems to be safer when you split it up and give it to them with two months between each shot. So first the mumps shot then two months later the rubela and finally two months after that, the measels. It seems that people who have had the vaccines administered that way are not seeing any sign of autism. I would not dream of not having my son vaccinated, but I think i will opt to do that shot separately, as there seems to be no harm in doing it that way, and it gives me some peace of mind. When i talked to my potential pediatrician about this, he kind of balked at it, which I fully expected. He called it "hysteria," but i still think I'll do it my way!!

 

Jilloh - November 26

Controversial my suggestion is to look up the immunizations and read about each one specifically if it worries you. I have vaccinated my son "on schedule" even though I am a stay at home mom we do go places (church, gym, mommy meetings, the grocery store) where germs and such lurk. I know you can talk to your childs doctor about not doing so many at once, not doing them at all, and possibly doing them on your own terms. That is your parental right. The only shot that really effected my son was the chicken pox one and he did get a fever out of that 2-3 weeks later but that is normal. My suggestion is use the internet or choose a doctor for your child now and talk to them about it in advance. Good Luck!

 

DeeD - November 26

I have a son that doctors told me his autism was most liekly linked to his vaccinations. I am not sure what the answer is for you, but I know what mine was. BTE, US school do let you enroll with out vaccinating your children. You are NOT required to vaccinccinate your kids. They may tell you that, but there is an exemption form for you to fill out if you choose not to(my youngest kids are not vaccinated). The government cannot force you to vaccinate your kids. You are the mother, it is your choice.

 

Tory1980 - November 27

Most children with Autism show signs around the same time as the MMR but tests here (in the UK) have proven there isn't a direct link. It is a controversial subject and one that will get some debating going on this forum but for me (after seeing small children dying of the bloody measles of all things! ) I would get the kids vaccinated every single time! I have had all of mine done and when this baby is born he or she will be vaccinated for everything I can get my hands on. It is up to you but with travel as it is now and not all countries vaccinated against illnesses I would rather know I have all the bases covered for the kids rather than leaving it up to chance.

 

KRISTINA - November 27

I understand that it is a parents right to choose if to vaccinate their child or not, but I dont understand why anyone would choose not to. Like Iamamiracleangel said I would rather my child get autism than have them get meningitis. How bad would you feel if you did not vaccinate your child and they ended up dying from a potentially harmless disease. You need to weight the risk and look at the actual statistics. Maybe some vaccines do cause Autism in some children, but then you need to look at the other side to. How many lives have been saved because of the vaccine. I am not sure about schools, but I do know that my child cannot attend his day care without up-to-date vaccinations.

 

linds99 - November 27

The facts are that when babies are born, they have very little defense built up, meaning their immune systems are very fragile. So some researchers are wondering whether some babies are just not strong enough to take an immunization that is aimed at building up antibodies in the body to fight a virus, sickness, etc. Some babies are strong enough, have stronger immune systems. Jenny McCarthy wrote a book about Autism and she found that one thing parents could do would be to ask their doctors to give their baby an immune system test, see just how strong it is before making a decision to take an immunization. I asked my pediatrician about that and she said they don't do that, they don't test immune systems ...so I just don't know what to think about what a parent should do then if pediatricians won't cooperate. Another theory I have read in a periodical last summer was that the rise in epidurals during delivery may be linked to the rise in autism. Frightening. But they are researching that link too. The reality is, they just don't know exactly what is causing it... you as a parent are forced to try to make a good decision based on the information you have now, not on speculation. I say follow your gut and don't worry about being judged by the doctor, or other family, etc. You do what you feel is right for your baby. If you feel like delaying vaccines for a year, then do it, if you feel like the advantages of vaccines outweight the unknown risks, then you go ahead an get the vaccines. Some doctors are cooperative about staggering and delaying the vaccines without a fuss.

 

star_eyes - November 27

I really appreciate all of you ladies taking the time to give me your opinions. :) It helps to hear the different view points of experienced mothers.

 

javidsgirl - November 27

i vaccinated my litlle girl i have read alot about this topic but last a cousin of mine didn"t get her son vaccinated and he contacted mennigitis and died 5 days later well needless to say her regret of not doing the vac"s cause her mind to snap she in a mental instuition and her son is in a cemetary there wqas no way i was going to even take a chance to find out what she went through . i have a nephew with Asperger'sand my sister got still got all her kids vacinated and after what to our cousin gillian last year she is thankful she did

 

star_eyes - November 27

Wow Javidsgirl that is really awful. I'm so sorry to hear that. :(

 

javidsgirl - November 27

yes it awful the worst part is they made her get fixed in the mental hospital because they deemed her unsafe to be a mother so she will never get to be a mother when it all could have been prevented . i would never wish that on anyone not even my worst emeny so please consider what is best before making hasty decisons and not protecting your child by shots

 

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