March 9, 2016, Scientific American: The Science of President Trump
Alter vaccination schedules to avoid autism: Trump says he favors vaccines, but giving children smaller doses over a longer period of time. He has blamed vaccines for causing autism in children.
Sizing up the science: “I remember wanting to throw something at the TV when I heard it,” Hotez says of Trump’s debate statement linking vaccinations and autism.
Hotez, who develops vaccinations and also has a daughter with autism, says studies have found no link between autism and vaccination. “The anti-vaxxers keep moving the goalposts,” he says. After scientific studies debunked accusations against specific vaccinations, Hotez says those against vaccinations started a different fad: arguing to change the vaccination schedule to protect children.
But infants’ immune systems face up to hundreds of new antigens every day, according to Hotez. Adding a few more in the form of a vaccination does not harm infants. He says changing the FDA’s approved vaccination schedule without clinical testing about immune response could decrease vaccines’ efficacy.
To imagine what a future with fewer or less effective vaccines might look like, Hotez suggests voters think of California’s recent outbreak of measles, a true threat to children’s health. “It’s one of the great killers of children in the world,” he says. “One hundred thousand children die every year of measles.”
If you notice, at the top of the Scientific American piece, there's a nice Merck ad. It's easy to see the motive for this coverage.
Peter Hotez vs. Donald Trump.
Vaccine developer Hotez is a true believer. According to him, all these disabled kids, including his own daughter, have always been here. PRESTS! No autism problem. Furthermore, in the world of Peter Hotez, thimerosal has "an excellent safety profile." CHANGO! Neurotoxins are good for kids.
See my March, 2008 piece, ABC HAS NO SHAME.
More on Hotez: June, 2007, Why are They Afraid to Look? - Counterpunch
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.