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Oh My God, I Still Have to Tell People This?! by Mintaka-TK Oh My God, I Still Have to Tell People This?! by Mintaka-TK
Requested by RetroMangoman.

Okay, ladies and gents. As someone with autism myself, I'm sick and tired of having to tell people that vaccines (especially the MMR vaccine in particular which was involved in the original controversy) somehow cause autism. Here's the lowdown on the fraud and how stupid people keep believing this shit to this day:

Basically, back in 1998 (actually around the time when I began to display symptoms of autism to begin with), a fraudulent research paper was published in The Lancet (which is usually a very respectable medical journal, by the way) which claimed that the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine somehow caused autism. When the controversy geared up, vaccination rates in the UK, Ireland and elsewhere dropped sharply, leading to outbreaks of previously controlled diseases like the aforementioned measles. People have either DIED or been left with severe injuries because of this hoax. The doctor who originally wrote the paper, Andrew Wakefield, was struck off the British Medical Register in 2010 (meaning that he can no longer practise in the UK as a doctor), yet the anti-vaccine conspiracy nuts still think he's a martyr because they still believe in false research that has killed people.

Here's a few facts:
  1. The earliest symptoms of autism usually manifest around 18 months of age or at least toddler age, so the symptoms of autism "suddenly" appearing after a vaccine is purely coincidental.
  2. If you're getting your child vaccinated, chances are the doctor might be able to spot that something is up with your child development-wise, especially if you happen to be an observant parent and tell them (which my mom was. Having an older, neurotypical brother helped, so she knew how a child was supposed to develop anyway.)
  3. Autism rates have appeared to increase because the diagnostic criteria for autism has changed and improved over the years, so again, the rise is coincidental and has nothing to do with vaccines.
  4. It's actually been proven at one point that rubella, one of the diseases MMR protects against, actually increases the risk of autism if a pregnant woman develops it! So if anything, unvaccinated women are more at risk of having autistic offspring...

As an autistic woman, I'm personally offended whenever I hear an anti-vaxxer say that vaccines cause autism or any other medical condition, because they're basically saying I would be BETTER OFF DEAD unvaccinated rather than healthy, alive and vaccinated. Take it from me, while it is sad to see low-functioning autistics suffer, they're certainly shouldn't be regarded as "mistakes" or "imperfect". That's dehumanising as fuck, which is what this hoax has done - dehumanise and devalue the lives of autistics and Aspies. Children who could have been perfectly healthy with vaccines have died because stupid parents can't use their fucking brains and do their own objective research about the myths of vaccines.

Please, vaccinate your damn kids if you have any! We have far moved past the days of illnesses like smallpox and polio either permanently crippling or killing people. If it wasn't for vaccines, you would have died from a sudden outbreak of a disease that is now easily preventable. It's so easy to ask a doctor to organise an appointment or something, yet so many ignorant people choose not to take them. If you become severely ill, disabled or dead because you didn't want to prevent something as simple as measles, then the only one at fault is YOU.

By the way, when I was doing research for this description, Google kept throwing up anti-vaccine bullshit on the search results. :roll:

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:iconluminaara:
Luminaara Featured By Owner Edited 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I never got vaccinated yet I have aspergers syndrome. Lol q.e.d. :D
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GARDENINGBLOBS Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017
I remember reading an article where the writer seemed to think vaccines cause SIDS.
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MagicSpyglass Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017
I am tired of thjs myth too!
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ChoonieMoonie2002 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used to be afraid of vaccines until the Influenza vaccine was applied to me. I do respect your autism, but what I hate from autism is that they guess what they must not. (I used to have a follower that faved all my work without even commenting, and he was austic. He even guessed I have a Facebook account! Isn't that (the guessing) for hypocrites!? No offense though...)
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ZoZoYah Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017
I beg to differ. 100 years ago autism was very rare/virtually non extant. Now a days it's becoming more common and there's evidence that vaccines along with being exposed to toxins are the cause for autism. Those with autism have a compromised immune system. All the ingredients in vaccines are toxic and do nothing good. They also don't work. The only reason why diseases have decreased and are now so rare is because of better sewage systems and better sanitation.
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GARDENINGBLOBS Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017
That's because autism wasn't considered a thing back then. Also, the stamp creator said in the description that the criteria of autism has changed and improved over the years. Huh.
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Cyber-Iizard Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017
Just like all other mental illnesses Autism was either considered caused by demons or cursed at birth.
Schizophrenia, for example, was 'treated' by creating a hole in the patience's head, this mostly always caused death, but was thought that made the demons from inside the person's head vanish. 
Others weren't even given a said treatment, and were only thrown into the fire. 

I want you to link me trustworthy sources that prove vaccines cause autism. 
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Glanni Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  New Deviant
Autism did exist they just thought it was fucking demons/other mental illnesses/or the person was just "weird" you dumbass.
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PasteIwingz Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i agree
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Mintaka-TK Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017
100 years ago, autism was rare/nonexistent because it hadn't been medically recognised by anyone yet. Both autism and Asperger's Syndrome were only discovered and defined roughly around the 1930s and 40s. There are anecdotes and suspicions that some people in the past who were obviously disabled or simply eccentric may have been autistic, and this is way before vaccines were a thing.

It's true that autistics are much more likely to suffer from certain health issues such as bowel problems, though I'm not sure how many have actual issues with their immune systems. In any case, autism still appears to have more of a genetic factor rather than any environmental ones so far. (My parents admitted to me at one point that they had a few "quirky" family members who might have been autistic but were never diagnosed.)

I had MMR as a toddler, roughly around the time I was developing symptoms of autism, and I've never experienced side effects from MMR or any other vaccine. (I had a vaccine protecting against cervical cancer as a teen and I didn't develop any short or long-term issues because of it.)
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shark235 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
They don't deserve kids.
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Green-Tea-Flower Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017  Student General Artist
Even if Vaccines DID cause Autism (Which they don't): Here's a little Biology lesson for you.
Polio causes varying levels of Paralysis ranging anywhere between partial-to-total.
Measles and Rubella Cause Blindness and Debilitating Brain Damage.
You REALLY think that's better than Autism?
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PasteIwingz Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ifkr
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whitebearboy Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2017
This is so true, however, you should probably change one sentence to "If it wasn't for vaccines, you WOULD have died from a sudden outbreak of a disease that is now easily preventable."
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Jaguar24 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Apparently, according to these idiots, having diseases like rotavirus, polio, meningitis, tetanus,  and so many more is not as bad as having autism. Besides, how would dead and/or weakened germs cause autism? They don't.
These diseases are not something you can just brush off. For example, bacterial meningitis is extremely dangerous and can kill pretty fast. So, I think "getting meningitis" is taken off the to-do list.
Allergic reactions can occur, but they are fairly rare and monitored. The worst you'd usually get is mildly sick. 
I wonder how many excuses these anti-vaccine people with come up with.
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PRStorm Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thank you for this.
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Jaguar24 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
That's awesome.
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CandyFist Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017
My favorite website
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:iconpasteiwingz:
PasteIwingz Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i actually really hate it :/
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CandyFist Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2017
But why
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:iconpasteiwingz:
PasteIwingz Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nvm, you'd think i'm some 'stupid conspiracy theorist who spews out bullshit' if i told you.
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CandyFist Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2017
hot dog
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PasteIwingz Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...
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AsheSkyler Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
So 1998 is when that stupidity started? I wonder now if that bitch who denied me my last MMR booster was a Wakefield fan, because she wouldn't let me have it and didn't bother with an explanation why. I'd already gotten an informal diagnosis of autism, so it's not like a booster could have made me more "defective". She's also got a bad reputation for other reasons among a lot of parents, so, meh. Maybe she's just an incompetent doctor. My kids get all their vaccines. Might be spaced out an extra month because I'm not comfortable bombing them 4+ diseases at once, even if they are dead or crippled diseases, but I've always gotten their vaccines. Partially because thanks to that dumbass withholding my booster during the only time we could afford it resulted in me getting a case of the mumps later on. Was not fun.
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natthecat11 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
people are idiots, you don't GET autism, your born with it.
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MiniDiren-chan Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:thumbsup::clap:
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Doodlingloser Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. What's even dumber is that people legitamly believe that diet soda causes autism as well. 
Well, even if diet soda did cause autism, I already have it, so I've got nothing to loose! :D
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A-Gaming-Fox22 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
well diet soda's popular
no wonder autism rates are increasing!
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Doodlingloser Featured By Owner Edited Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, you're so hilarious and original! 
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A-Gaming-Fox22 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, M'lady (or m'lord)







(yes i know you're being sarcastic)
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FayDog Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*COUGH COUGH* diet soda?! Well then. Even my little brother knows that is stupid.
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Doodlingloser Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah. I've even had full-grown adults believe that diet soda causes autism. 
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FayDog Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm. My grandpa had us over for dinner, and only had caffeine free, diet, sugar free coca cola. It was gross.
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Teslarossa Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016
Funny thing is, my science teacher actually told us that vaccines didn't cause autism just yesterday xD
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ToxicSodaPop Featured By Owner Edited Dec 20, 2016  Student General Artist
I don't understand why on earth people think this is true. Some fucktards also think it just makes you sicker than if you dont get vaccinated, yet before vaccines and medicine people died way earlier in life. Smh, stupid fucks.

I mean it COULD make you sicker if you were allergic to it or something but still--
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VentAnger Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016
Vaccines have all kinds of different effects on different people
Keep in mind the Gulf War vaccine caused diseases in people that the government had to compensate the soldiers for.
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DarkVikingMistress Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016  Student Writer
A lot of people have signs of autism before they can even HAVE vaccines. If your baby isn't social and doesn't cry a lot that's usually an early precursor but babies don't get shots.
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PasteIwingz Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
when i was younger i was actually kind of talking and behaving like i didn't even have autism

buuuuut

when i had my first vaccines














shit happened
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DarkVikingMistress Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2017  Student Writer
That's an anecdote. I am sorry to hear it happened, but I would like anyone to come forward with statistical data that autism is caused by vaccines.
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A-Gaming-Fox22 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Well i think that person supports the side of the argument this stamp supports
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Polarized-Wolf Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're either born with it, or you aren't.
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Doodlingloser Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
OH MY GOSH YES
It's that simple. These people are just spreading false information, and just making it overly complicated. 
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MiniDiren-chan Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Exactly.
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P-3-C-U-1-4-R Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep.

Autism is caused by either unknown reasons, genetics or birth defects. I know this from experience and being born the odd way~!
Plus yeah. Diseases such as rubella can indeed increase the risk of an Autistic child or worsens the Autism in the child already intact.

Note too that the Autism diagnosis criteria has rid of terms such as Aspergers and just plain Autism all together. We have a better system for identifying the disorder in even the most mildest of Autistic minds~!


It's just ridiculous that all these people still believe in this total lie~! Autistic or not, your child NEEDS to be immunized or they will end up with a killer disease in their system~!
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Teslarossa Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016
Could you explain what this new system is now...? o:
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P-3-C-U-1-4-R Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Just basically the medical system in a whole~!

They've found out how to find Autism much quicker by changing the criteria thanks to science
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JamestheHokkaido Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for putting this up here, my dad is a circle-jerking hipster fuck who believes in this shit and won't shut up about it
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