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:
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.)
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?
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.
Well, even if diet soda did cause autism, I already have it, so I've got nothing to loose!
no wonder autism rates are increasing!
I mean it COULD make you sicker if you were allergic to it or something but still--
Keep in mind the Gulf War vaccine caused diseases in people that the government had to compensate the soldiers for.
when i had my first vaccines
It's that simple. These people are just spreading false information, and just making it overly complicated.
One of the most bullshit attempts at a "GOTCHA!" question is "If your kids are vaccinated, and you're so confident that they work, why are you scared of my unvaxxed kids? Checkmate!" (My mom and one of my old professors both said this.)
Of course, like most dumb questions, science has an answer for that already: herd immunity. Scientists know that vaccines aren't 100% effective and that some people can't get them for health reasons. But most of the population, however, can get vaccines with no issues. Once they do that, the disease can be contained amongst the vaccinated population, protecting those who either can't get vaxxed or got vaccines that didn't work. It's simple, really. (People who try to use science they don't understand to win arguments really get on my nerves, like transphobes, but that's a rant for another day.)
I wish people would actually trust doctors and medical scientists -- people who trained for years to get where they are -- instead of actors and poorly-coded blogs on how to raise their children. Better education on the subject is certainly a necessity.
(I'm still on the fence about mandatory vaccinations, though....)
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~!