By Kim Stagliano
Michael Bolden RIP: Autistic 5-year-old boy drowned in lake at Plant City farmers market
Carter Kelb RIP: Funeral services set for 4-year-old drowning victim
Jahmaine Reinhana RIP: Autistic boy wandered off and drowned in water tank
Yet Unamed Boy, 6, drowns in Conway pond Police say boy wandered away from nearby home
Timothy Wallace RIP: Family mourns death of 9-year-old autistic boy hit by train in Sale Creek
Kobe Lewis RIP: 5-year-old autistic boy fatally struck by car in Palatine
Aiden Archer RIP: 3-year-old Milwaukee boy dies after being found with 11 bite marks, bruises, brain swelling
We had a small measles outbreak in CA last winter and the lobbyists for Merck and other pharmaceutical companies pounced on the opportunity to introduce vaccine exemption restriction bills from Maine to Oregon. The media ran headline after headline about the dangers of measles, of flu, of whooping cough - of every "vaccine preventable" (cue Dream On by Aerosmith here) disease any American child might have contracted, regardless of how.
Every heard of Fifth Disease? How about "Slap Face" disease? Same thing. It's one of the six childhood skin rash diseases. It's contagious. It can cause serious harm to the fetus if a pregnant woman contracts the disease. I had a Fifth disease scare when I was pregnant with my oldest child. There is no vaccine for Fifths disease. Why? I do not know. There are no headlines when an American child contracts Fifth disease. There is no shaming of the Mother who "allowed" her child to become sick. There is no blaming the unvaxed, because all children are unvaxed for this disease.
.... there is no vaccine available for human parvovirus B19. B19 virus is present throughout the year; in temperate climates outbreaks of infection are more common in the spring and summer. These outbreaks are centered on primary schools where up to 40% of pupils may be infected. Infection is commonest amongst 4 - 10 yr olds. By adulthood 60% of the populations are
During the month of June, and take note of the date, it's only June 8, no fewer than seven children with autism have died. Another child died in late May. One was struck by a train. One was run over by a car. Four drowned. Two were beaten to death. Each child died in a violent manner, one could reasonably argue as terribly as any death from disease. Eight children under the age of 16 have died. ALL had autism. Where is the media outcry? Where are the neurodiversity advocates? Where are the autistic self-advocates mourning the loss of fellow autistics? Are these children not part of the "herd" after all?
Where are the politicians who claim to be so worried about pediatric health that they would nullify basic American healthcare rights to protect kids?
The National Vaccine Information Center has a complete compilation of the current litany of legislation regarding vaccination mandates and rights. Here's a link to their site.
Why don't our kids seem to matter unless they are in the "dangerous unvaxed" category, in which case they (and we their parents) are vilified? Why isn't autism seen as serious threat to children's lives?
Autism is deadly. Deadlier than First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth disease, it would appear.
Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor of Age of Autism. Her new novel, House of Cards; A Kat Cavicchio romantic suspense is available from Amazon in all e-formats now. Her memoir, All I Can Handle I'm No Mother Teresa is available in hardcover, paperback and e-book. Her newest book, co-written by Tony Lyons, 101 Tip For Parents of Girls with Autism is available now.