IN TODAY’S NEWS:
The conclusions of the 1998 paper by Andrew Wakefield and colleagues was renounced by 10 of its 13 authors and later retracted by the medical journal Lancet, where it was published. Still, the suggestion the MMR shot was connected to autism spooked parents worldwide and immunization rates for measles, mumps and rubella have never fully recovered.
A new examination found, by comparing the reported diagnoses in the paper to hospital records, that Wakefield and colleagues altered facts about patients in their study.
The analysis, by British journalist Brian Deer, found that despite the claim in Wakefield’s paper that the 12 children studied were normal until they had the MMR shot, five had previously documented developmental problems. Deer also found that all the cases were misrepresented when he compared data from medical records and the children’s parents.”
The only vaccines I give my kids are the ones the schools mandate.Not a single elective vaccine.
There are still ppl that are makpid that they do not receive these shots.. Chassidim are more into it!!
I would give it to my kids without hesitation!! Besides most schools insist that the children be properly immunised before being accepted!!
The answer to the question set forth in the title of this thread is either: No, because this is a site for frum matters, whereas the medical evaluation of autism is beyond the scope of this site, OR Yes, as long as the posters are quoting from clearly identified scientific journals or other clearly identified scientific sources, not something they heard at a simcha or read at some unidentified or anonymous web site.
If they had developmental problems beforehand, that doesn’t negate the whole study. It would narrow it down to those with developmental problems.
I once heard an interview on NPR about this. The guest was mocking the whole idea, until the host interjected. He said, “I won’t let you get away with this one. My daughter became autistic shortly after having the vaccine.” He really stumped the interviewee, who wasn’t expecting anything like that from the, usually impartial, host.
It seems to me that there might be a lot more “anecdotal” evidence that is being ignored by those who didn’t observe it, but is being circulated
The bottom line is that everyone here has an ax to grind.