By Anne Dachel
Margaret Dunkle, great aunt of Hannah Poling and director of the Early Identification and Intervention Collaborative for Los Angeles County, has written the piece Boost Vaccine Safety published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution Aug. 12.
Margaret begins by focusing on the Poling case where "the federal government conceded the nine vaccines Hannah received on July 19, 2000, significantly aggravated an underlying medical condition — mitochondrial dysfunction," and it resulted in the 'features of autism spectrum disorder,' or as many of us read endlessly in the press, "autism-like symptoms." (Dr. Julie Gerberding of the CDC quickly denied that the concession meant vaccines have ever caused autism in anyone else, but the public was hearing the words vaccines and autism together in the Poling case and that was never supposed to happen.)
Margaret notes the position that Dr. Bernadine Healy took on CBS News calling for the studies that no one has done on kids who developed autism after vaccinations.
But, despite the impact of both the Poling case and the statements made by Dr. Healy, officials continue to proceed as if nothing's changed. Margaret writes, "The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee refused to mention vaccine safety in its strategic plan," when they met last month.
Margaret Dunkle gives us five immediate steps that need to be implemented to in order to address the autism crisis and she ends by telling us, "A loud wake-up call from a beautiful little redheaded girl from Georgia has provided policy-makers with a historic opportunity to tackle critical issues of vaccine safety. If they fail to answer, what can I say?" --
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.