Why the Autism-Vaccine Debate Won’t Go Away
Author David Kirby wrote a compelling article a few years ago that still rings true. In it, he asks the open-ended question: “Why do so many educated, successful parents still believe that the current vaccine schedule can hurt a small percentage of susceptible kids, and that some of those injuries might result in an autism spectrum disorder (ASD)?”
The following is an excerpt from the article:
Parents who say the vaccine-autism link has not been debunked are, like me, hardly “anti-vaccine.” Why on earth would anyone not want to protect children from dangerous diseases? That is the epithet hurled upon most of them anyway. And it’s what people will say about me as well, even though, as I said, I think parents should vaccinate their kids.
What’s curious is the selective use of the “anti-vaccine” accusation. Few people call Dr. Bernadine Healy, former head of the NIH, “anti-vaccine” for not ruling out a possible link, and calling for the study of the children who actually got sick.
I have never heard it used against Temple Grandin, who said there should be “a closer evaluation” of vaccines and autism and echoed Dr. Healy by adding that, “These children should be carefully studied to determine when and why they lost language, and if factors such as vaccines and genetic predisposition may be causes.”
The answer is to find out which children might be particularly susceptible to which vaccines, vaccine combinations or vaccine ingredients, and devise a schedule that is individually tuned to their specific conditions. This will build parental trust and strengthen, not weaken, the national vaccine program.
Even the CDC states:
Although some may call it a “one size fits all” approach, the recommended vaccine schedule is flexible, and it does account for instances when a child should not receive a recommended vaccine or when a recommended vaccine should be delayed. Those decisions, however, are best made in consultation with the child’s doctor, and parents shouldn’t be reluctant to have such discussions.
Until science can tell parents which children are most genetically vulnerable to neuroimmune injuries, more people around the country will probably “go Park Slope,” if you will, and devise their own selection of vaccines at their own chosen schedule.
For more information, watch the film Trace Amounts and pay attention to the scientific studies that are highlighted. Author David Kirby is also featured in the film.