Jan 20, 2014, Journal News Westchester County NY: Autism cause brings out area's best
Jan 20, 2014, Los Angeles Times: The toll of the anti-vaccination movement, in one devastating graphic
You've got to admit - getting your baby vaccinated can seem pretty scary. But Michael T. Brady, chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Committee on Infectious Diseases and chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, eases our fears.
Fear #1 Dangerous side effects.
Fear #2 Autism
Fear #3: Having too many shots at once
Fear #4: "All the other stuff" in the shot
Fear #5 Vaccines being useless
So all our kids are just the result of diagnostic substitution. Another doctor makes up the science.
IF this were really true.........CNN and ABC would parade those kids in front of the cameras every night.
The total number of children diagnosed with autism has increased," Brady says. "But also the total number of children diagnosed with 'mental retardation' has gone down. We're not seeing autism more, but rather, we were probably incorrectly diagnosing autism as mental retardation in the past.
Like we keep asking....where are the 40, 60, and 80 year olds who display the same signs of autism we see in so many of our children? It has nothing to do with 'mental retardation.' I posted several comments.
Every year, teams come together for a day of good basketball for an even better cause. First it was at Purchase College, then it made its way to Irvington High School the Autism Classic. . . .
"Autism awareness is becoming something that is very big now," said Maher, who is closing in on her 600th career win. "Most people are touched by it, or know somebody touched by it. Every penny (raised) goes to part of the autism community."
We have walks for autism. We demand AWARENESS. We have Sensitive Santas and autism friendly movies and sensory friendly story times at the public library. No one, of course, asks why we have to provide these things. How come this condition was rare 20 years ago and today it's common?
Please, don't ask. We're not interested. No one wants to know.
Aaron Carroll today offers a graphic depiction of the toll of the anti-vaccination movement. (H/t: Kevin Drum.) It comes from a Council on Foreign Relations interactive map of "vaccine-preventable outbreaks" worldwide 2008-2014.
A couple of manifestations stand out. One is the prevalence of measles in Europe -- especially Britain -- and the US. Measles is endemic in the underdeveloped world because of the unavailability of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine.
But in the developed world it's an artifact of the anti-vaccination movement, which has associated the vaccine with autism. That connection, promoted by the discredited British physician Andrew Wakefield and the starlet Jenny McCarthy, has been thoroughly debunked. But its effects live on, as the map shows . . .
The lesson of all this is that vaccination is not an individual choice to be made by a parent for his or her own offspring. It's a public health issue, because the diseases contracted by unvaccinated children are a threat to the community. That's what public health is all about, and an overly tolerant approach to non-medical exemptions -- and publicity given to anti-vaccination charlatans like Wakefield and McCarthy by heedless promoters like, sadly, Katie Couric, affect us all.
I posted the comment below. I'm not seeing it on the LA Times site.
Notice this comment.
"In short, Jenny McCarthy likes killing other people's babies."
Why would the LA Times allow this? Because they don't want our side talked about at all. Autism is a curiosity. It's a mystery. No one really cares.
"Seriously, if we need to force people to vaccinate their children then they need to have their children taken away from them because they are creating a danger to others."
"No exceptions unless they can prove their child is allergic to something in the vaccine."
"Anti-vaxxers selfishly assume they're making decisions for just their own children, but they fail to realize that their decisions affect millions more.
Please, when the LA Times promotes this one-sided, one-size-fits-all promotion of vaccines, it needs to be noted that they failed to tell us...
VACCINES, like any medical product, carriy risks.
VACCINES.............have no liability. If a child is injured by a vaccine, doctors and vaccine makers have no liability.
They have been protected by federal law. Instead, parents have to appeal to a federal compensation program where they're up against government lawyers defending a government program using government money. Few parents ever get their day in court.