Friday, February 13, 2009

No Bias, No Bull: Plea for Vaccinations

CNN’s Campbell Brown is never afraid to speak her mind and last night was no different. After reporting the newest (3 case study) findings that the MMR vaccine and vaccines containing the mercury based preservative does not cause autism. More on those findings here.

She made her own personal plea in light of the news that she is expecting her second baby and that she does not question that vaccines are safe. She also wanted the public to be aware that in 2008 the U.S. had the highest rate of measles in 10 years due to parents choosing not to vaccinate their children.

She continued with “Major medical groups and government research are
unanimous: the measles vaccine is safe, and you must get your children
vaccinated; because if you don't, you are endangering my children. You are
endangering your neighbor's children. You are endangering all of our

“Let's all move on together and focus on finding the real cause of
autism and at the same time protect all of our children from deadly diseases
like measles that we know how to prevent.”

As these new findings were reported yesterday, Autism Speaks and The Autism Society of America, two of the largest autism advocacy organizations, asked for more research into the “causes” of autism.

As always, your thoughts on these new findings?

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Anonymous said...

Always thought Cambell Brown was like listening to nails on a chalkboard. No talent for newscasting and completely annoying. Her attitude on this secures that thought. Pathetic.

Mama Mara said...

I doubt we'll ever know what causes autism because I don't think it's just one thing. This is a spectrum disorder that is likely a complex combination of genetic, environmental, chemical, neurological, and who-knows-what-other factors. By continuing to focus on vaccination as "the" cause, when countless studies have failed to prove a definitive link, we are throwing good money after bad. When will enough be enough?

Tanya @ Teenautism said...

I, too, have always believed that there are multiple causes, just as there are many levels of the spectrum. However, I am inclined to believe that these studies that completely discount thimerosol are biased. Perhaps mercury contributes to the sensory issues element of autism - both of my boys have sensory issues, and they were both exposed to mercury outside of the vaccines (and including the vaccines). Just a thought.