Don Lemon was let go from from CNN yesterday after a 17 year career there. Twelve years ago, he interviewed me via Skype (remember Skype?) after the British GMC decision about Dr. Andrew Wakefield. I was able to talk about vaccine injury on CNN. I remember him being patient, thoughtful and far more polite than Anderson Cooper on the same topic. Recently, Don got into trouble for saying middle aged women were past their prime. I'm a middle aged woman, who is not offended so easily. I'm more interested in when it's past my bedtime, but such is the hyper-sensitive world we live in. Kim
February 7, 2010 CNN.com transcripts
Prominent British medical journal "The Lancet " has retracted an influential 1998 research report linking vaccines to autism. Britain's general medical council concluded the doctor behind the study, Andrew Wakefield, engaged in dishonesty and misleading conduct. Because of the 1998 report many parents skipped vaccines.
I talked earlier with Kim Stagliano of Connecticut. She has three children, all diagnosed with autism. She is a staunch defender of Wakefield's research. I asked her if she still believes there's a link between the vaccines and autism.
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KIM STAGLIANO, 3 DAUGHTERS HAVE AUTISM: I certainly think that there's a link for thousands of families between what happened to their children prior to vaccination. Believe the parents. Trust the parents. They know what's going on with their kids. There are studies going on, as Dr. Wakefield pointed out there are cases in vaccine court right now that have been won by the families where there was proven causation between a resultant autism diagnosis following an adverse reaction to a vaccination. So it's not impossible.
And where the fear comes in for families, your lead-in of the Toyota story really hit me very closely to home. How would you feel if you were told by the federal government that in order to drive your children to school tomorrow you have to do it in a 2010 Toyota Prius? You'd be very nervous. Priuses aren't driving off the road and crashing at an alarming rate, there may be a handful of them that have a problem. Would you want to put your child into the car tomorrow and drive her to school tomorrow and know that if you're not in that car you wouldn't be allowed to go to school perhaps?
That's how the parents feel in the newly pregnant, soon to have baby world. It's not the autism community. We raised the questions. We have the guns pointed at our heads by the pharmaceutical industry, the government. Because nobody wants vaccines to be culpable. Nobody including me (INAUDIBLE) but there are instances where there are problems. And to slam the doors on families and slam the door on science, that's really the bottom line.
Dr. Bernardine Healy, former head of the NIH said very clearly, the science is not complete and we must not fear the science. Take my family. I am a perfect example of the potential for a vaccinated, unvaccinated study. Take us. Study us. That's what families want. More science. Not fear and not a door slammed in faces.
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