By Adriana Gamondes
A Case of Mass Soliloquizing
Do you talk to yourself? Do you tell yourself about the time your once-healthy children regressed into autism following routine infant vaccinations and try to urge yourself to cease vaccinating?
Do you say “No, that can’t be!” and look aghast but then nod back wearily to yourself with an air of knowing gravitas and insist that it can indeed be while citing the 146 peer reviewed studies demonstrating a link? Do you counter with standard talking points from WaPost and million-dollar vaccine industrialist Paul Offit that vaccines are safe and effective, no proof of association, etc? Do you then force yourself to sit through the documentary Vaxxed and pull out full color historical charts belying the herd immunity theory?
Do you then roll your eyes at yourself but find yourself wrestling yourself to the ground and beating yourself up to convince yourself that yourself is right?
Well apparently you’re not alone. WebMD and researchers at Kaiser Permanente seem to think that autism parents are a separate group from vaccine skeptics and that we are exerting undue influence on we.
And the hesitation to fully immunize includes the children's younger siblings, the researchers added.
This means that "children with autism spectrum disorder, and their siblings, may be at greater risk of vaccine-preventable diseases," said study author Ousseny Zerbo. He is a postdoctoral fellow with the Kaiser Permanente Vaccine Study Center at KP Northern California, in Oakland.
But the greater risk doesn't stop there, thanks to a concept called herd immunity.
"In order to disrupt the chains of infection in a population, a large portion of the population needs to be immune to the infection," Zerbo explained. "A higher vaccination rate can break those chains of infection. This is why it is important for a large proportion of the population to be vaccinated."
While it’s true that more and more parents are deciding to forego vaccinating children from the start, can you guess who came first—parents reporting injuries to their children or those who take the warnings to heart?
By the way, the disclosures for the study being discussed, Children with autism, younger siblings are undervaccinated, state:
The study was funded in part by a CDC grant… Some authors disclosed relationships with MedImmune, GlaxoSmithKline, and other pharmaceutical companies.
So who’s really talking to themselves in this scenario? Autism parents or the industrial echo chamber of scientists-for-hire, paid medical media like WebMD and corrupt policy makers?
Adriana Gamondes is a contributing editor to Age of Autism and one of the blog’s social media adminis