May 1, 2014, The Tennessean: Vaccines for kids are crucial to public health
May 1, 2014, ABC 13, Asheville, NC: Special Report: Vaccination Exemptions
April 30, 2014, KTVN Reno/Tahoe News: New Documentary Addresses Immunization Debate
April 29, 2014, CNN: How Bobby Smith learned to talk at 9, and other autism success stories
Despite an overwhelming amount of research proving high levels of safety and effectiveness, vaccines given to children remain under attack by a small, but sometimes loud, group of Americans. . . .
There has never been a credible study showing a connection between vaccines and autism. It is purely a myth, and it is one that continues to harm public health efforts. The claim that vaccines can lead to autism is based on a single study by Dr. Andrew Wakefield. Years have passed since we learned that Dr. Wakefield's data on the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine was falsified and the study discredited, yet the rumors persist.
Dr. Gary Griffieth makes claims here that simply AREN'T true. I posted comments.
Health officials in Buncombe County are trying to stop a trend that they say is putting the community at risk. Numbers recently released by the health department show more children are not receiving all of the required vaccinations. State law allows parents to seek vaccination exemptions for religious or medical reasons but it's the number of religious exemptions that are skyrocketing.
This school year there were just over a thousand religious exemptions in North Carolina and 113 of them were Buncombe County kindergartners. Health officials say the higher the number of unvaccinated children, the higher the risk of disease in the whole community.
"The higher immunization rate we have the more of a shield we have to protect the vulnerable in our community. Because there are infants who can't get vaccinated and there are children and adults who can't get vaccinated it's up to us to protect them, " said Dr. Jennifer Mullendore, medical director at Buncombe County Department of Health and Human Services. . . .
Amy Carson, of Asheville, is with the group Moms Against Mercury. She said childhood vaccinations made her son Kit sick. "My son's vaccine injuries are mostly neurological damage. He has been considered autistic, mentally retarded. He has encephalopathy. He has a lot of gastrointestinal problems," said Carson.
There's actually some balance to this. I posted comments.
Measles and whooping cough are making a comeback in the United States. Medical experts say that's because more parents are not vaccinating their children and that has them worried.
The diseases were considered nearly eradicated until recent outbreaks. . . .
The "Invisible Threat' documentary viewing and discussion panel is being held Wednesday at 6pm at the University of Nevada in room 111 in the Center for Molecular Medicine. It's free and open to the public.
Watch the video....AoA is shown---as an anti-vaccine website. Offit is featured in "Invisible Threat." I posted comments.
Bobby Smith's mother, like all parents, looked forward to the day when her baby could use words to tell her what was wrong. What hurts? Why are you sad?
By the time Bobby turned 7, Cheri Smith was still wondering if that day would ever come.
Her son had been diagnosed on the moderate-to-severe end of the autism spectrum as a toddler. He had ways of conveying his needs -- he'd give Smith or her husband the remote control if he wanted to watch TV, or hand his mom her purse if he wanted to go out -- but there were so many things he couldn't communicate. . . .
To those without autism, said Muir, "Everyone with autism has something to say. Learn to speak our language, and we will learn to speak yours." . . .
He also has his own unique language, which his parents have come to appreciate, too.
CNN calls this an autism success story, all the while showing no concern over the fact that Bobby was "nonverbal" in the first place. We're told about a 26 year old woman who discovered she had Asperger's when she was in grad school. I guess that was to show us that adult have autism, just like the kids---only Muir isn't nonverbal. That should be the most concerning of all.
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