Dec 19, 2013, Bloomberg.com; Princeton Students Get Smart on Vaccines
Dec 18, 2013, Sacramento Bee: Clinic opens for parents who oppose vaccinating children
As the number of children with autism increases nationwide, the need for effective and consistent clinical diagnosis is growing. A statewide committee recently published new guidelines designed to ensure health professionals, educators, parents, and all involved in diagnosing a child with autism are using proven and consistent practices.
The guidelines stress, among other things, that effective autism diagnosis and treatment requires a collaborative approach.
Mary Beth Bruder, a professor in UConn's Neag School of Education and in the UConn School of Medicine, was co-chair of the committee, which spent four years developing the "Connecticut Guidelines for a Clinical Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder." . . .
Bruder says Act Early Connecticut is now pursing the funding needed to educate and train all state professionals involved in autism diagnoses on the best practices included in the guidelines.
The rising number of children with autism makes this extremely important work, she notes.
Unfortunately there's no comment section on this story or I'd ask a lot of questions:
Why, after two decades of epidemic increases in a disorder no official can explain, are we still talking about getting the diagnosis right?
Why is autism never talked about as a crisis?
Why are autism reports ALWAYS ABOUT CHILDREN?
Why do we keep hearing that the numbers are increasing---with no explanation given?
What proof is there that scientists 'are working very hard to determine why this increase is happening'?
"A better approach to diagnosing autism"? ...even better "better diagnosing"? VBS.
They have come of age at a time when it has become popular, among a subset of prosperous and educated Americans, to reject vaccination as unnecessary and even harmful. Despite a thorough debunking of claims that vaccines cause autism, bogus theories about the dangers of vaccines persist.
We're told the claim of a link between vaccines and autism has been thoroughly debunked...please go to the CDC website for more info. How naïve and trusting do they think we are? I posted 10 comments.
UC Davis Medical Center physician Dean Blumberg stood in front of the state Legislature last year and testified in support of a new law that will make it more difficult for families to opt out of vaccinating their children.
Next month he is opening a clinic to make it easier.
Families will be able to meet with a medical practitioner in the hospital's pediatric outpatient clinic to get the counseling and signature required to enable them to enroll their kids in school without immunizing them.
The new state law, passed in August 2012, goes into effect Jan. 1. It requires parents filing a personal belief exemption to also submit a document signed by a doctor or other approved medical practitioner acknowledging they have been told about the benefits and drawbacks of vaccines. Personal belief exemptions are largely filed by parents who are afraid that vaccines could harm their children, a position disputed by most medical authorities.
More children should be given vaccines, said Blumberg, the chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases for the medical center. "Immunizations work and children do benefit," he said. "I thought the law was a good one. I was all for it."
So, why start a clinic with the primary focus of signing immunization waivers?
The doctor said he was motivated to start the clinic after listening to the passionate parents who came forward to testify against the immunization law. Many believed their health providers would not sign the personal exemption form, he said.
"I'm pro-immunization, but I'm also in support of parental rights," Blumberg said. "That's why we decided to set up the clinic as a community service, in case there are parents whose health care provider won't sign the form or some parents who don't have a primary care provider."
An incredible story. A doctor listened to parents testimony and he made a major change in his practice. I can't imagine the reaction of the medical community. Meanwhile this doctor is a true hero.