April 24, 2014, Philly.com: A rise in autism rates: What does it really mean?
April 23, 2014, Philly.com: For kids' sakes, stick to the vax
Although "autism" is scary, there are a few things about ASD that caregivers should keep in mind that can help ease their fears. To begin, we don't know what causes ASD. It's likely a combination of factors, including genetic and environmental, that caregivers, for the most part, don't have control over. So worrying too much about ASD isn't needed - if it's there in your child, there's no way you could have prevented it. . . .
Philly.com had two autism stories in two days. The first one denied a link to vaccines and the next day readers were told that the rate isn't really increasing, and besides, there's no way to prevent autism.
Thanks to the efforts of McCarthy, actor Aidan Quinn and reality-TV star Kristin Cavallari, who last month said that not vaccinating was the "best decision for her kids," USA Today ran a big story on April 6 detailing that things like whooping cough, measles and other diseases are making a big comeback and sometimes causing death in children.
My go-to person on how dangerously misinformed the anti-vaxxers are is Dr. Paul Offit, of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Trusting Paul Offit on vaccines? It would have been legitimate coverage if we would have been told about Offit's pharma ties. I brought it up in the comment section.
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Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which goes on sale this Fall from Skyhorse Publishing.