Do Vaccinations Cause Autism?
As far back as vaccines date, there has always been a fanatical concern over their potential risks. The Autism/Vaccine debacle has been one debated for the better part of a decade now and continues to insight fear over vaccinating our children. I am in no way making any slight toward those who believe vaccines cause Autism. I merely hope to shine a light on misinformation and educate.
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“Did you know the first case of Autism dates back to 1908 and the feared vaccines weren’t around until the 1930’s?”
The blind belief that vaccinations lead to such disorders is how the anti-vax movement came about and somehow still lingers and breathes air even though the article first linking vaccinations to Autism had no validity in any sense of the word.
“The “anti-vax” movement lost all credibility in 2005 when The Lancet fully retracted the paper that first suggested a link between vaccines and autism after its findings were debunked. In 2010, the study’s lead author and figurehead of the anti-vax movement, Andrew Wakefield, was further accused of fraud, ethical violations and scientific misrepresentation, and his license to practice medicine was revoked in the United Kingdom.” http://www.sabin.org/updates/blog/vaccines-dont-cause-autism-0
The scientific evidence confirming no link between ASD and vaccinations is astounding and vast. The biggest contributing factor to this misinformed belief falls to the plethora of counterfactual “information” widely available on the internet and the virality factor of such “trigger” filled ideas. There have been hundred’s of studies over the last 15 years all coming to the same conclusion; vaccines play no role in Autism Spectrum Disorders. ::the link above in the quoted information from sabin.org goes into more detail of these studies, I will not bore you with the details::.
The problem with this misconception is that it strikes fear on the home front.
Parents everywhere hear this information or read articles they can only assume are credible and they panic. Like any good mother or father, we fear harming our children in any way, shape, or form. Hence the anti-vax movement bore. Unfortunately, if the anti-vax ideology continues to spread it will lead to catastrophic repercussions. Outbreaks of diseases these very vaccines prevent will prevail once again and the loss of life will be immense.
The sole purpose of immunizations is protection. They boost your immunity and protect you from contracting deadly diseases that once claimed the lives of so many. The CDC released in 2014 an estimation that vaccines will prevent 21 million hospitalizations and 732,000 deaths among children born in the last 20 years.
Now, chances are you came across the viral case of one horrifically devastated mother that spread across the media like wildfire after the death of her daughter, right? Her child’s death was a direct result of Flu complications due to not being vaccinated. This is just one glimpse to the power of vaccinations and misinformed decisions.
If vaccines aren’t the culprit, what is?
The truth is, there is no definitive answer as of yet. Though, scientists have reached a recent breakthrough on this front. Identifying 18 new candidate genes for Autism Spectrum Disorder. ::Details on this study can be found here https://www.medicalnewsbulletin.com/scientists-identify-18-new-candidate-genes-autism-spectrum-disorder/::. Much like any pick of the litter in mental health disorders, genes are a driving factor. Another notable cause is prenatal drug and alcohol exposure.
Most Frequent Question Asked
Why is there a sudden increase in Autism diagnoses?
There is broader diagnostic criteria now than there has been in the past.
Many children prior to advances in this diagnostic criteria are thought to have been misdiagnosed with schizophrenia, mental retardation, and ADHD. Autism Spectrum Disorder itself has a wide range of sub diagnoses such as; Asperger’s, Autism, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PPD-NOS).
Still in disbelief? Read the research collected by the American Academy of Pediatrics.