Dec 10, 2013, Huffington Post: Furthering the Conversation on the HPV Vaccine | Katie Couric
Dec 9, 2013, SILive: Children on the autism spectrum sought for Staten Island study
Dec 9, 2013, WWLP TV, Chicopee, MA: Which vaccines are necessary?
Dec 9, 2013, The Today Show: Parents fight to keep unusual therapy for autistic son
As a journalist, I felt that we couldn't simply ignore these reports. That's why we had two mothers on the show who reported adverse reactions after their daughters had been vaccinated for HPV. One could hardly get out of bed for three years, and the other tragically died. There is no definitive proof that these two situations were related to the vaccine. Every life is important. However, the time spent telling these stories was disproportionate to the statistical risk attendant to the vaccines and greater perspective is needed.
The federal government has a system for reporting adverse reactions following immunization with any vaccine. For the 23 million doses of Gardasil distributed in the United States from 2006 to 2008, 12,424 adverse reactions were reported, a rate of 5.4 per 10,000 doses, and the vast majority of these were not serious. Furthermore, only 772 of the 12,424 adverse reactions were reported to be serious, a rate of 0.3 per 10,000 doses. These rates are extremely low.
I've tried to post the following comment on Huffington, but I'm unsuccessful with their new system:
Even health officials acknowledge that only 1 to 10 percent of adverse vaccine reactions are ever reported to VAERS, so these statistics really don't tell us what the HPV vaccine is doing to the health of those who get the shots.
For even daring to bring up the topic of vaccine side effects, Katie Couric was immediately labeled another Jenny McCarthy by news sites like TIME, USA Today, and the Washington Times. Linking vaccines to serious side effects, including death, opens the door to the controversy over vaccines and autism. The immediate backlash from media outlets was a dramatic lesson to any journalist who might consider looking into the issue of vaccine safety---DON'T TRY IT.
Problem behaviors of children with autism affect the child's ability to learn and can compromise the child's safety.
Irritability and agitation can bubble over into screaming, hitting, kicking, throwing tantrums, destroying things, rocking back and forth, and bolting away from parents or teachers.
Sometimes children turn the violent actions on themselves.
As answers are sought for what causes the condition, parents, the children, teachers and medical practitioners help manage this conduct through behavioral therapy, diet and medication.
"There are limitations to every approach. They shouldn't be mutually exclusive," said Adam Smith, a neuropsychologist with Richmond Behavioral Associates.
The Eltingville practice is participating in a study with about 30 centers around the country to evaluate the effect and safety of the FDA approved medication, Latuda, in the treatment of behavioral problems in autism.
I posted two comments. The link works. I hope Drs. DiBuono, Smith, and Joseph look at what's written there. Notice someone's comment about the side effects connected with this drug, Latuda.
My favorite line in the article was: "As answers are sought for what causes the condition..."
Although a lot of people avoid them, vaccines are recommended for a reason. They are designed to prevent us from contracting viruses that could make us very sick and, in some cases, kill us.
This year, cases of bacterial meningitis and measles are making news, even though there are vaccines for both.
Influenza, meningitis, whooping cough, measles. These are just a few illnesses that can be prevented, if we vaccinate ourselves and our children against them. . . . .
That could be in part because some are refusing to vaccinate their children believing that the measles, mumps and rubella or MMR vaccine causes autism.
. . . There are no legitimate studies that show the MMR vaccine is linked to autism, but still many children go unvaccinated
Which ones are necessary? Well, all of them of course. Influenza, meningitis, whooping cough, measles....
It sounds like we could wipe out most contagious diseases if we just all got vaccinated. Vaccines prevent disease. It's that simple and there's no link to autism. I think a better title would be: Everyone should get every vaccine. Two of my comments were posted. No links allowed.
After years of therapy for J.J. Hart, a three-year-old boy diagnosed with autism from Debary, Florida, his parents finally found a way for him to connect to the world with the help of chickens. Now the couple is fighting to keep the chickens, and maintain the progress their son has made, after local officials ruled that they were violating a city ordinance.
"J.J. used to stare into space, barely speak and have temper tantrums."
Mom: "He's been in therapy from the age of 14 months up until 6 months ago. He was getting physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy."
"All with limited success."
The TODAY SHOW didn't answer the basic questions:
HOW MANY CHICKENS ARE WE TALKING ABOUT?
HAS ANYONE COMPLAINED?
HOW BIG IS THEIR YARD? (CAUSE IT SEEMS QUITE LARGE IN THE VIDEO.)
AND PERSONALLY, I WISH THEY'D BOTHERED TO TELL US HOW MUCH ALL THE THERAPY "WITH LIMITED SUCCESS" WAS COSTING AND WHO PAID FOR IT.
Seriously, this is very POOR REPORTING. BUT...typical of the media which never gives the whole story---ever.
Sad that in a world where mainstream medicine happily tells us that autism is a mystery with no official cause or cure, parents are left to their own devices. And I hate to think that desperate viewers out there will now cling to the hope that --- "Maybe chickens could help my child too."