I would laugh at the irony if it was not so damn sad and wrong. Paul Offit, a vaccine-maker, profiteer, and head of infectious disease at CHOP, the hub of vaccine industry central, is now asking how is it that children, who have a diagnosis of autism -- and their siblings, are not fully vaccinated? For years now, the research is showing that autism spectrum disorder is an IMMUNE disorder , with the GUT affecting the brain , the bacteria of the gut abnormal , the bacteria types pathogenic , and also that the bacteria is tied to social impairment . Vaccination has been implicated in changing the microbiome, so to blame parents as the reason for their child's increased risk of infections, well, that seems pretty ignorant. The children are at risk of infections as they have a microbiome and immune system that have become dysfunctional, many after their first round of vaccines. Parents did vaccinate but their child's health and well being took a drastic turn. Here is the information that Offit shared with The Inquirer :
"In March, a journal of the American Medical Association published a study defining a new group of children at risk for serious and potentially fatal infections.....Who was this new group? The answer: children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their younger siblings.... Investigators studied 3,729 children with ASD and compared them with 592,907 children without ASD. For vaccines recommended between 4 and 6 years of age (specifically, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, influenza, measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella), children with ASD were significantly less likely to be vaccinated than children without ASD. Their younger siblings were also less likely to be vaccinated. Why were parents of children with ASD making this choice? In 1998, British researcher Andrew Wakefield published a study...................."
MMR isn’t the only issue. Some parents have also worried that an ethylmercury-containing preservative called thimerosal, which was commonly used in several vaccines given to young children in the United States...Still, the fears persist. Why? Maybe it’s because the cause or causes of autism haven’t been found and because a cure doesn’t exist."
The study examined children with an asd diagnosis "between ages 4 and 6 years," and that would reflect the time that a second MMR is scheduled, and parents have reported seeing their children regress often after their first MMR vaccine or a combination with that vaccine. Thimerosal, a mercury product, may be another player in microbiome dysfunction because - "Increased mercury levels were detected in stools after vaccination, suggesting that the gastrointestinal tract is involved in ethylmercury elimination , - and this - "As TM (Thimerosal) exposure during the postnatal phase coincided with lactation, some of the TM was delivered through the milk to the GIT [gastrointestinal tract] and may have had an effect on the developing gut microbiome known to be sensitive to heavy metal exposure. "
Again, research on autism shows the IMMUNE SYSTEM, the MICROBIOME, and the MICROGLIA , to be huge players in the puzzle pieces of autism. More and more research shows that .... ..... "immunizations are among some of the factors that can shift the microbiota, and are being studied as potential drivers of the sudden increase in immune-mediated diseases in the developed world." Here, we can see that vaccination with the live nasal flu vaccine has the potential to cause ear infections, ie- bacterial infections-- " LAIV may increase bacterial transmigration to the middle ear and could thus increase the risk of clinically relevant acute otitis media . Research shows that children with an autism diagnosis get ear infections twice as much as their non-asd peers . LAIV will again be in use here in the USA in the Fall of 2018 . As far as neuropsychiatric symptoms, this study concluded :
"Subjects with newly diagnosed AN [Anorexia Nervosa] were more likely than controls to have had any vaccination in the previous 3 months [hazard ratio (HR) 1.80, 95% confidence interval 1.21–2.68]. Influenza vaccinations during the prior 3, 6, and 12 months were also associated with incident diagnoses of AN, OCD, and an anxiety disorder. Several other associations were also significant with HRs greater than 1.40 (hepatitis A with OCD and AN; hepatitis B with AN; and meningitis with AN and chronic tic disorder)."
The increasing numbers of children who regress into autism, show chronic GI issues and microbiome bacterial dysfunction, then PANS, PANDAS , allergies, Primary Immune Dysfunction, Autoimmune Encephalitis, and seizures, then develop tics, severe OCD and anxiety, self- injurious behaviors,regress in language skills and more.....well, those parents are not going to vaccinate that child again after seeing what happened the first time with immunizations. No. Parents have seen that their child with ASD and their younger siblings are at increased risk of GI disease and immune dysfunction. They witnessed it with their own eyes . So, if parents are not vaccinating children with autism or their siblings, it's because 20 years after Andrew Wakefield's "that study", parents are still correct about what they are seeing with their child. My daughter is very affected by a damaged immune system and autism. Thank you to all of the researchers who do understand this and continue to follow this important research in helping these very ill children.
Teresa Conrick is Science Editor for Age of Autism.