By Scott Laster, Communications Director, Foundation For Pediatric Health
The Foundation For Pediatric Health (FFPH) is highlighting the fact that the CDC hasn't studied the first-year vaccines (particularly Hib and HepB) to compare autism rates in children who received vs didn't receive these vaccines. (Click photo to increase size.)
FFPH has conducted a review of the studies listed on the "Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism” page of the CDC website, as well as other studies that have been performed, and concluded that none of the studies compared autism rates in a group that was vaccinated with Hib or HepB to the rate in a group that did not receive these vaccines.
Since these studies have not been performed, parents should have the right to choose on vaccination. FFPH issued a challenge letter to California Senators Pan and Allen to produce just one study of Hib or HepB vaccine that compares autism in vaccinated versus unvaccinated that finds no association. FFPH also sent a letter to each of the California Assembly Members to point out that Senators Pan and Allen have not responded to the challenge.
The CDC is disingenuous in boldly claiming on its website that “Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.” A quick review of their referenced studies clearly shows that most vaccines have not been studied by the CDC for an association with autism. Why haven’t the other vaccines been studied? Dr. William Thompson, a senior CDC vaccine researcher who invoked whistleblower status in 2014 and provided evidence to Congress that the CDC intentionally hid data showing a link between vaccines and autism in the MMR and thimerosal studies, stated about further research: “[CDC researchers] are not doing what they should be doing because they’re afraid to look for things that might be associated [with autism].” The CDC has no credibility on the vaccine-autism studies they’ve performed, and no credibility on their implication that all vaccines have been studied.
If the Hib vaccine or HepB vaccine causes autism, then the risk of the vaccine is quantitatively higher than the risk of injury or death from the disease prior to vaccine introduction. See FFPH one-pager talking points for more details.
- Pre-vaccine for Hepatitis B disease: 1 in 200,000 risk of acute Hepatitis B in children ages 1-4 
- Pre-vaccine for Hib disease: 1 in 106,000 risk of death and 1 in 10,200 risk of injury 
- Autism risk after introduction of Hib & HepB vaccines: 1 in 68 
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 CDC autism prevalence study for the 2002 birth year. http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/p0327-autism-spectrum-disorder.html