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Message from the Chief Science Officer regarding the Institute of Medicine’s report on Adverse Effects of Vaccines

Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D., Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer

On Thursday, August 25, the Institute of Medicine’s Committee to Review Adverse Effects of Vaccines Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice released its report on the scientific evidence related to adverse effects of vaccines. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization which is part of the National Academy of Sciences. IOM members are scientific and medical experts who serve as pro bono as advisors to the U.S. Congress and other policy-makers. They are periodically asked to provide a review of the evidence on matters of public concern and welfare.

Among several other topics, the IOM committee specifically reviewed the evidence regarding whether the MMR vaccine or the DTaP vaccine is causally linked to autism. In addition to reviewing epidemiological evidence, they reviewed case studies and research on biological mechanisms that might explain a connection between a vaccine and an adverse outcome, such as autism. They specifically assessed the evidence that vaccines could alter neuronal development resulting in autism symptoms, arising from chronic encephalopathy, mitochondrial disorders or other underlying disorders. The committee reviewed 22 epidemiological studies that evaluated the connection between risk for autism and the MMR vaccine and concluded that the evidence does not support a causal link between the MMR vaccine and autism. The committee only found one study on the relationship between the DTaP vaccine and autism and concluded that the data were insufficient to assess an association.

The committee noted that reports of case studies linking the onset of autism to infectious diseases such as encephalitis and malaria suggest that infection or inflammation may underlie some cases of autism. Furthermore, evidence from postmortem brain tissue suggests that autism may involve inflammatory processes affecting the brain. The authors argue that, at a minimum, prior to ascribing autism to vaccination it would be important to rule out chromosomal and single-gene defects, including a variety of metabolic (e.g. mitochondrial disorder) and inflammatory or infectious diseases that may exist prior to vaccination.

The IOM report is consistent with Autism Speaks’ policy statement on vaccines. Given the present state of the science, the proven benefits of vaccinating a child to protect them against serious diseases outweigh the hypothesized risk that vaccinations might cause autism. Autism Speaks continues to support research that explores the relationship between innate or acquired metabolic, inflammatory, or infectious diseases that may play a role in the etiology of autism.

  1. Sarah
    August 27, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Typical how this has been watered down in the popular press to simply the IOM has vindicated vaccines as causation for ASD and Type 1 diabetes.

    THANK YOU Autism Speaks for making clear that they only looked at the MMR and the DTaP and secondly that the DTaP has not been cleared. So, NOT the vaccinations for: chickenpox, pneumonia, meningitis, Hep-B and the flu. Nor does it vindicate the combined and accelerated schedule.

    The IOM does a great deal of double-speak – “rule out a variety of metabolic (e.g. mitochondrial disorder) and inflammatory or infectious diseases that may exist prior to vaccination.”

    How on earth was I supposed to know that my child had any of these prior to vaccination? If my child had one or more of these, wouldn’t the vaccinations in fact, spiral my child’s situation further south?

    Well, my child does have one or more of these conditions and the vaccinations certainly sent my child’s system spiraling.

  2. TB
    August 27, 2011 at 11:32 am

    I know the vaccinations are linked with my son and his onset of Autism. After the high fever from the first series of vaccinations he was never the same. It was almost overnight changes in response towards voices,noises etc. Nothing will convice me otherwise regarding vaccines.

  3. Angela Rose
    August 27, 2011 at 11:36 am

    This does not seem to consider the fact that vaccines can in fact cause certain inflammatory reactions that may be more damaging to certain subsets of the population.

  4. vickie
    August 27, 2011 at 11:37 am

    upsets me to think I may have had a choice weather my child would have any shots or have autism!! I know my self id pick him not getting the shot then to have autism.

  5. August 27, 2011 at 11:40 am

    I don’t understand how they can conclude this. The reason being, after my infant daughter received a dtap vaccine, she cried for over the 6 hours and had a fever. I called the 800 number the doctor told me to call if it went on that long, and there was no tracking, no name taking, no reporting as a person…other than “thank you.” Of course she has Aspergers. Coincidence? I think not. So when are they going to track these cases that are called in for any length of time? Makes no sense to me.

  6. dawnkw
    August 27, 2011 at 11:40 am

    My son was developing normally until he was two, putting words together and identifying and saying numbers, letters and colors. Then he lost the ability. If not vaccines, what should I be looking at?

    • tracyp
      August 27, 2011 at 12:44 pm

      Mine too.

  7. Noreen
    August 27, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Sarah I’m with you. I loved the bold part and then the double talk. Oh yeah, MMR does cause Brain Damage, I wonder how badly they needed to be SUED to get that put in there and how many kids needed to be effected. Next they are going to take that off but it’s OK – they NEVER DISCLOSED THIS to me, even when I asked and said that Autism is in the Males in my family. Well guess what? I was pro vaccine until my Dr. SUGGESTED I get a flu shot while PREGNANT (NEVER should be done – WE are guinnea pigged) Well the ONLY time I did this, my baby blew up inflammed from the flu shot. He also got this HEB B garbage injected and began wheezing. SURE they will say No but I do like that they can’t RULE OUT INFLAMMATION because that is Exactly what happenned with my SON. My Doctor never Called it into VAERS. My son was later DX’d at 18 months with Autism. Don’t they think they should TEST THE SMALL INNOCENT BABIES 1st before shooting the hell out of them for billions of dollars and messing up their Lifes. Oh, they are small and can’t SPEAK YET, so they have no rights. Thanks for the encephalytis – I appreciate your suggestions but THEY WERE WRONG – GUESS again!

    • August 27, 2011 at 11:51 am

      Statements like this from Autism Speaks make me wonder about their ethics.

  8. August 27, 2011 at 11:47 am

    From the press release: “The committee noted that reports of case studies linking the onset of autism to infectious diseases such as encephalitis and malaria suggest that infection or inflammation may underlie some cases of autism. Furthermore, evidence from postmortem brain tissue suggests that autism may involve inflammatory processes affecting the brain. The authors argue that, at a minimum, prior to ascribing autism to vaccination it would be important to rule out chromosomal and single-gene defects, including a variety of metabolic (e.g. mitochondrial disorder) and inflammatory or infectious diseases that may exist prior to vaccination.”

    This suggests to me, if the controversy is truly to be laid to rest, there must be screening tests at birth and prior to each vaccination for “underlying infection or inflammation”, “chromosomal and single-gene defects, including a variety of metabolic (e.g. mitochondrial disorder) and inflammatory or infectious diseases.”

    At this writing, there are no such test protocols that I’m aware of.

    Nevertheless, parents are advised by medical authorities not to vaccinate when a child is ill. Parents are vaccinating blindly without these screening tests for underlying illness and hoping for the best. It comes down to how lucky is your child?

  9. Jen
    August 27, 2011 at 11:48 am

    People can say they tested vaccines all they want….I seen what happened to my son. He was developing normally and then his one year shots came and he was so sick for the next ten days and lost many of his abilities that he had. Something caused him to lose what he had learned…to go from developing normally to regressing….they will never admit vaccines can cause autism, besides the lawsuits, more and more parents would quit vaccinating their children. Maybe they should admit the problem and fix it instead of being in denial. I know vaccines caused this in my son!

  10. tracyp
    August 27, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    “The committee noted that reports of case studies linking the onset of autism to infectious diseases such as encephalitis and malaria suggest that infection or inflammation may underlie some cases of autism”

    We are injecting dead or deactivated versions of INFECTIOUS DISEASES into vulnerable populations in a serum that contains GOD KNOWS WHAT ELSE (thimersol?). Inflammation? Fever? Illness? Did the committee just say that?

    I think that THEY think we are stupid.

  11. usethebrainsgodgiveyou
    August 27, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    My son had an HHE to the DTP in 1994. I doubt that it caused my son’s autism, but still, a reaction to a vaccine is very frightening. There had been a spike in NVICP regarding that particular vaccine, and the industry came out with a
    acellular pertusis the next year. Vaccines are not totally safe. Let’s not let that get lost in the mix. Often, and I think the report brought this up, there is a pre-existing immune dysfunction. We should be looking into this…

    The IOM studies filter down into the trenches. What happens there is percieved as gospel for pediatricians. I just can’t imagine that a weakened immune system would not be taken into consideration. If it is not the vaccine “hit”, I imagine it would be something else, still, it shouldn’t be ignored. There is a “suck it up ” mentality to vaccine damage. It makes parents crazy. Thank God my pediatrician at least listened. He really helped calm my extreme fears.

  12. Jess
    August 27, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    This is the way I feel and unless someone somewhere gives me a REAL report that I can take to a REAL lab that gives me any other answers I will then believe it. NO my son has Autism because he has Autism…. No shot gave it to him!! he had always had it. Sometimes it’s like a switch it take until a child is older to switch off. Please read your reports understand what you are reading. What is sad is that mother’s have the right not to give their child LIFE SAVING Vaccines but I don’t have the right to know who you are. I don’t want MY child around your child. Sure it may make your child a little feverish but isn’t that better than putting your child in the ground later on???? Children are DIEING because mothers fear these vaccines!! How many people died of Small Pox’s before the vaccine was made??? go to a 3rd world country see how many mom’s would do anything to have their child not be sick from diseases we have a vaccine for here??? It can’t be the crap you pump in your body… the artificial sweeteners , colors and additives. The pesticides on our fruits and vegetables. The crap we pump into the air every day. The non stick coding we cook with. Hell no give your kid red dye #40 what the hell but for heavens sake don’t give him LIFE SAVING Vaccines because it causes Autism no sorry YOUR wrong Guess AGAIN…….

    • KW
      September 2, 2011 at 8:15 pm

      Thank you for speaking up in favor of vaccines!! I am a 49 year old who used to get severe reactions from the DPT (DTaP) shots as a child. I would have to get it in 2 half-doses rather than one full vaccine. Each time, my fever would rise, my the injection site was swollen and very much in pain, and I would go straight to bed for a couple of days. I would finally start feeling better, and then I would have to go back to the doctor for the second half of the dose. In summary, yes, I had a reaction to the vaccine, but it did not cause autism, and I do not have any form of an ASD. Just because a child has a reaction to the vaccine does not mean it causes autism. They are two very different situations that are unrelated!!!! Please vaccinate your children!!!!

    • Christy
      September 3, 2011 at 2:08 am

      Well said. I feel the same way about my son. Looking around at everything we are exposed to through everyday life how can we question the few things we put there to protect from these horrible preventable diseases. If you ever need to get rid of ants, sprinkle Sweet & Lo; not only does it kill them, they will not come back to the same area. If it does it to ants what does it (and other artificial sweetners) do to our children?

  13. 2asdmom
    August 27, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    oh-please. Honestly, if there is “pre-exisiting” inflammation, isn’t the vaccine only going to make it worse? MMR is associated with brain inflammation. Re: Genetic defects, how are parents to know prior to vaccination? There is wonderful research done by Dr. Jill James, Univer. of Arkansas about glutathione reduction(body’s ability to detox), but who, in the mainstream medical world, has reached consensus on this? or take it seriously?. Only a few vaccines have been studied with it’s possible relationship to autism, so to make a blanket statement that “vaccines do not cause autism” is misleading at best, and downright dangerous at worst. AUtism Speaks, you are only muddying the waters with your vaccine statement position.Re:mito disorders, how can parents obtain testing, when they are discouraged or pooh-poohed by their doctors?

  14. August 27, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    My child has Aspergers Syndrome. Looking back on EVERYTHING, I believe with all my heart he was born this way. I am not saying that all ASD kids are born this way. I think there are too many factors involved to say this. What I am saying is that every child is different. I pray that all the brilliant minds working on this problem can find a solution!!

    • Laura
      September 2, 2011 at 5:11 pm

      I agree. For years we had doctors tell us he was normal,but we knew he wasn’t.He was our youngest and we knew.As he got older we saw him regress. Finally we found doctor’s who listened to us. At 10 years of age we were told he had Aspergers.We love our son! Our goal know is to help him and give him the best life possible.

  15. August 27, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    I would like to know if any studies have been done on a connection between the Hepatitis vacccine and autism. I have always believed there was connection. My son’s behavior changed 12 hours after receiving his first Hepatitis vaccine. I don’t understand why a two day old infant needs a Hepatitis vaccine.

  16. N PARRISH
    August 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    MY GRANDSON RAN A HIGH FEVER FOR OVER A WEEK AFTER HIS MMR VACCINE~THE NITE HIS FEVER BROKE HE WAS A VEGGIE~~ HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH AUTISM~~WE WERE TOLD TO TAKE HIM HOME AND MAKE HIM HAPPY~~NO WAY!! WE WORKED ONE ON ONE WITH HIM~~HE LEARNED EVERYTHING ALL OVER AGAIN~~THAT WAS 9 YEARS AGO~~ HE HAS SMALL MUSCLE DEVELOPEMENT PROBLEMS, SPEECH PROBLEMS, MELTDOWNS , ETC~ HE WAS 6 BEFORE HE WAS COMPLETELY POTTY TRAINED~~ WHEN HE GOES FOR HIS YEARLY CHECK UPS WITH HIS PEDIATRICIAN WE ARE ASKED,” DO U WANT TO CONTINUE WITH HIS VACCINATIONS?”~~ I ALWAYS REPLY: “WILL YOU GIVE ME A WRITTEN GUARANTEE THAT IF HE HAS THIS VACCINE IT WILL NOT CAUSE HIM TO REGRESS IN HIS AUTISM?”~~ THE DR. SAYS NO I CAN NOT GUARANTEE THAT~~SO I SAY ~ THEN NO HE WILL NOT HAVE ANY FURTHER VACCINES~~HE HAS NOT HAD A VACCINE SINCE HE WAS 2 YEARS OLD AND HE IS NOW 11 YEARS OLD AND THE HEALTHIEST CHILD WE KNOW~~BUT THE DAMAGE HAS BEEN DONE AND WE SAW A TODDLER THAT WAS ACHIEVING EVRYTHING EARLY AND GIFTED TURNED INTO A VEGGIE AFTER HIS MMR~~SO I KNOW THE DAMAGE THAT IS CAUSED FROM VACCINES, FIRST HAND~~

  17. Beth
    August 27, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    You can show more and more reports about how Vaccines do NOT cause Autism but these Vaccine Mom’s will never believe it. They will take this to the grave even if you prove them time and time again how wrong they are. Many many child have fevers for a day or so after the MMR’s and don’t have Autism. I agree it maybe with environment or what is in our food we just don’t know. Most of these mom’s just want to believe that Vaccines are it and you won’t change their mind. These are also the ones who will be first to blame the Medical Community when their child contracts something when have a Vaccine for and also to be blamed for the increased number of sickness and death in children from diseases we can stop by vaccines. The good news in all this is more parents believe in vaccines and know that all the ” Vaccine Against Moms” just aren’t right. Vaccines save lives and I agree with Jess maybe all you Against moms should see for yourself in a 3rd world country just how much vaccines are needed!

    • Rosemarie
      September 2, 2011 at 11:13 am

      Beth, it is not all black and white. There needs to be testing, as some children may be gentically susceptible to a reaction while others aren’t. However, that costs time and money. My son, who was on the spectrum already, worsened after getting multiple vaccines to enter the school system. Yes, there are numerous factors: I got my teeth cleaned and worked on while I pregnant and have mouth full of mercury-based fillings; I have yeast overgrowth from birth control bills and rounds of antibiotics; I ate foods preserved with chemicals because my mother didn’t expect that they were harmful; toxic cleaners are used in schools and public places to kill bacteria. Most “Vaccine Against Moms” as you call them/us, advocate a more responsible protocol. And don’t forget that numerous families have been awarded damages for vaccine-induced inflammation/illness. I am not anti-vaccine, but you have to admit that the number of rounds of vaccines at an early age, when the neurological system is not ready for them, is illogical. And have you looked at the ingredients they put into the vaccines to preserve them? It’s not just mercury, it’s aluminum, formadehyde, and other things that I can’t imagine someone thought would be safe injecting into a child.

      • Beth
        September 3, 2011 at 3:32 pm

        Yes it is that black and white……. What ever you read was years old they no longer put metal in Vaccines. So ANTI Vaccine Mom YES THAT IS WHAT YOU ARE CALLED BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT YOU ARE are endangering ALL children. I hate to tell you there really isn’t many lawsuits out there for vaccines….. Hey wait wasn’t it WAKEFIELD who worked for those parents and FUDGED lab results??? and was the CAUSE of Children dieing??? Hummm. Isn’t there lawsuits out for Paxal causing Autism let that cash register ring has that been proven??? How can people sue when it hasn’t been proven how can they win when time and time again the findings between vaccines and Autism isn’t linked????……. sure split up the vaccine go every couple of weeks if you don’t want them all at once you can do that you know!!! But not to get them all together???? Really???? Hey what are you ANTI VACCINE moms going to do when your Doctors refuse to take your children because YOU THINK vaccines are bad???? Many are because you ANTI VACCINE moms bring Whooping Cough to their New born patients and many other diseases???? Don’t you feel anything to these kids DIEING because of this??? It’s because of you these diseases are making their way back!!! Put your party hats on ANTI VACCINES MOMS because you will be throwing a WELCOME home party to Polo and Small Pox entering the USA once again. Thanks

  18. grizmt
    August 27, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Is it POSSIBLE it’s something in the food chain? Maybe a reaction to some of the chemicals that are added to processed foods? Of course it is. We’ve seen first hand our son’s reaction to food dye as have many,many other parents. On the other hand it’s possible that a vaccine could “activate” a person already predisposed to having Aspergers or having an Asperger gene. Maybe it was the fever? I don’t know, nor does anyone else for that matter YET. I don’t know if there are other ways that my son and I could both be lucky enough to have it other than genetics but what activated it???????
    If it was truly the vaccine that CAUSES it (instead of activation) wouldn’t it happen all the time?
    I’m not looking for someone to blame for my son having it, it is what it is. I am looking for someone to smack in the school system for not helping us though and making school life hell!

    • usethebrainsgodgiveyou
      August 28, 2011 at 4:09 pm

      grizmt…I hear ya. We started homeschooling in 9th grade, now his senior year is spent at Tech school taking classes he always had an interest in. It would be lovely if schools were for children instead of tests…you know?

  19. Laurie Dimock
    August 27, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    I do believe that a child with AUTISM who receives certain vaccines,that is can cause the condition to become worse. So therefore my child will not receive those vaccines..She has Autism and I WILL NOT take a chance of vaccines making her worse…No CHILD is going to die from Measles Mumps or Ruibela.They certainly are going to die from not receiving a DTap shot either…I also believe that those vaccines can cause Autism also.There is no other reason for my daughter having it either…right after the Vaccines she was never the same and then also Diagnosed with AUTISM. She will never receive another vaccine ever!!!!

    • Tracy
      August 28, 2011 at 10:13 pm

      No children DIE OF THE MEASLES???? Do your research again please MANY MANY children DIE EVERYDAY!!!

  20. Tracy
    August 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Look you can talk until your blue in the face to these Jenny McCarthy , Wakefield supports these Anti Vaccine mom’s and you’ll get nowhere. They want to blame someone and the doctors and vaccine companies are it. You can show them study after study and they will turn a blind eye to it every time. It’s true as soon as an outbreak of some type hits these are the people who will be first in line scream why didn’t anyone do anything. One person said ” AND HE IS THE HEALTHIEST CHILD ” sure because responsible parents like us keep many of the deceases at bay but how much longer can this been done??? Just ask people in Wales and England were an outbreak of Measles have killed many children. What will happen when when the deceases we have wiped out makes it way back to the US?? All because Anti Vaccine Mom’s THINK and I use the word THINK because NO STUDY has shown a link besides Wakefield ( who is a joke)it causes Autism . It’s frighting truly it is that these ANTI VACCINE mom’s can send their children into the public endangering our children all on a hunch which has been proven time and time again to be faults. Lets just be happy that the most of US parents thinks this Anti Vaccine campaign ” It Cause Autism ” is a crock at best and leave these Anti Vaccine mom’s in their Fantasy world.

  21. grizmt
    August 28, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Tracy :
    Look you can talk until your blue in the face to these Jenny McCarthy , Wakefield supports these Anti Vaccine mom’s and you’ll get nowhere. They want to blame someone and the doctors and vaccine companies are it. You can show them study after study and they will turn a blind eye to it every time. It’s true as soon as an outbreak of some type hits these are the people who will be first in line scream why didn’t anyone do anything. One person said ” AND HE IS THE HEALTHIEST CHILD ” sure because responsible parents like us keep many of the deceases at bay but how much longer can this been done??? Just ask people in Wales and England were an outbreak of Measles have killed many children. What will happen when when the deceases we have wiped out makes it way back to the US?? All because Anti Vaccine Mom’s THINK and I use the word THINK because NO STUDY has shown a link besides Wakefield ( who is a joke)it causes Autism . It’s frighting truly it is that these ANTI VACCINE mom’s can send their children into the public endangering our children all on a hunch which has been proven time and time again to be faults. Lets just be happy that the most of US parents thinks this Anti Vaccine campaign ” It Cause Autism ” is a crock at best and leave these Anti Vaccine mom’s in their Fantasy world.

    And that’s pretty much true. Once wiped out diseases that KILLED thousands and crippled many more will be helped to stage a return appearance and then you’ll see the commercials “Does your child have xx disease? Call 800-weshaftem to see if you can get some cash”…

  22. Jan
    August 28, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    If children that are injured by vaccinations have an underlying immune or metabolic problem that is simply made apparent by vaccines, and the medical community recognizes the resulting behaviors as autistic, then no wonder the autism numbers are at epidemic levels. Are doctors and teachers aware of the developmental problems due to underlying metabolic/medical problems? Should the children who have autistic behaviors as a result of vaccine/environmental injury really be diagnosed with autism or with toxic overload instead(e.g. pink disease)? Thankfully the report does finally lists the risks involved with vaccinations so we can make informed decisions.

    A child that develops atypical behaviors after a bad reaction to vaccines such as fevers, seizures, respiratory problems, immune problems and inflammation, are most likely to be confused with and diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, especially when the child enters school or has language problems since most diagnoses begin at school, not with pediatricians. The 1-100 autism ratio depends on school data. Oddly enough, PDD/Not Otherwise Specified has had the greatest increase on the autism spectrum; and this IOM report shows that many could really suffering from metabolic problems that have nothing to do with autism. Am I wrong? How does a child with pain display normal social communication?

    IOM reports the medical problems due to the risks involved with vaccination and conclude that vaccines do not cause autism; but the medical issues from the risks can produce or result in autistic behaviors. Shouldn’t the autism diagnosis process differentiate between a child with autism and a child with autistic behaviors as a result of a vaccine/environmental injury or exposure? Do you think the new definition of autism in the upcoming DSM-V will prevent the confusion in the future by separating diagnosis between a child with an unknown genetic difference or a child with an environmental injury?

    If a child has a reaction to a vaccine, does the DSM-V diagnosis or protocol even apply at all when planning medical treatment or therapy to relieve the painful symptoms? It is important to note that children can recover from an environmental insult if the therapies target the insult, and not only the social repercussions, to relieve the pain.

    Is there a test to find out if your child is metabolically vulnerable to the risks of vaccines or allergic to the ingredients before life long injuries occur with vaccination; and before the doctors confuse the injury with an autism diagnosis? Please, prior to vaccination of children, wouldn’t it be important to rule out genetic defects and inflammatory (e.g.allergic reactions) or infectious diseases (e.g.strep) in a child before vaccination? I wish it would have been available before our vaccination experience.

    Should it be: Allergy Speaks, are we listening?

  23. August 28, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    If children that are injured by vaccinations have an underlying immune or metabolic problem that is simply made apparent by vaccines, and the medical community recognizes the resulting behaviors as autistic, then no wonder the autism numbers are at epidemic levels. Are doctors and teachers aware of the developmental problems due to underlying metabolic/medical problems? Should the children who have autistic behaviors as a result of vaccine/environmental injury really be diagnosed with autism or with toxic overload instead(e.g. pink disease)? Thankfully the report does finally lists the risks involved with vaccinations so parents can make informed decisions.

    A child that develops atypical behaviors after a bad reaction to vaccines are most likely to be confused with and diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. The IOM report shows that many children could really suffering from metabolic problems that have nothing to do with autism. Am I wrong? How does a child with pain display normal social communication?

    IOM reports the medical problems due to the risks involved with vaccination and conclude that vaccines do not cause autism; but the medical issues from the risks can produce or result in autistic behaviors. Shouldn’t the autism diagnosis process differentiate between a child with autism and a child with autistic behaviors as a result of a vaccine/environmental injury or exposure?

    Is there a test to find out if your child is metabolically vulnerable to the risks of vaccines or allergic to the ingredients before life long injuries occur with vaccination; and before the doctors confuse the injury with an autism diagnosis? Please, prior to vaccination of children, wouldn’t it be important to rule out genetic defects and inflammatory (e.g.allergic reactions) or infectious diseases (e.g.strep) in a child before vaccination? I wish it would have been available before our vaccination experience.

    • Chelly
      September 3, 2011 at 11:35 am

      YEEESSSSS – These are my questions exactly!

  24. Katie Wright
    August 31, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Oh for pete sakes- the tortured language of the IOM would make any hardcore bureaucrat proud.

    The DTap can and has caused seizures that cause brain damage AND autism but the DTap can never cause autism. Right.

    The MMR can has caused encephalitis and seizures causing autism but the MMR cannot cause autism. Right.

    And the IOM did not even study the other 20 vaccines given to babies in 100 different combinations. How about the Prevanr+ Hib+ Hep+ Menigitis, how about the Variella + the MMR plus the Hib. Vaccines are given 4-6 at a time, not individually.

    The Vaccine Court has compensated over 2,000 children for vaccine injuries that resulted in “autism-like” autism but NOT autism- autism. Therefore vaccines are not linked to autism. Right.

    There are NO TESTS WHATSOEVER for predetermining if your baby will have one of these horrible adverse vaccine reactions. My son and your son and daughter are not acceptable collateral damage. Vaccines must be safe for all or required for none.

  25. jess
    September 1, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    I will say this one last thing…….. If MY child contracts a something he is to young to get the vaccine for from one of your NOT VACCINATION child who is old enough to get it , I will not rest until you are held accountable for what you have done. I will make sure that I take you through the ringer SUE you for ever thing you have and give all that money to organizations that support vaccinations of children. Do you UNDERSTAND for your unproven belief that you are putting the whole pollution of children in danger. Mother’s like myself are the ones who are keeping your child safe. NO LINK TO AUTISM that’s it end….. find something different to blame it on MOVE ON PLEASE!!!

  26. September 2, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Ruling out MMR is not ruling out the current vaccination schedule at all. If the mitochondrial issues need to be ruled out, why do we not test all newborns for these issues before vaccination? Is autism prevention not a priority?

  27. Annette
    September 2, 2011 at 11:18 am

    My family is not anti-vaccine, however, we do believe it contributed to our beautiful son’s decline. We believe that vaccines should be spread out, not given six at a time especially if your infant has been sick or has an impaired immune system. This was the case with our son and we were not given that advice. Another fact to think about is this, our son who has made steady progress since three years old has not received any “booster vaccines”, however we have tested his blood for “titers” and he has immunity for all of them for three years now?! We do hold our breathe each time we pull this blood and are surprised and excited he wont need ANY new vaccines. Now, that is not anti-vaccine….but it is interesting to say the least.
    Also, remember not to judge a parent who has a sick child, as one can’t possibly understand the lose involved when your apparently healthy child becomes sick unless they have experience it!

    • Chelly
      September 3, 2011 at 11:42 am

      I wholeheartedly agree:) – and thank you for your last comment about respecting others.

  28. Mary
    September 2, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    My son also had a temp after his shots. I had to hold him all night long. He would cry in pain if I shifted. He is now 39 yrs. old and is very smart. But my granddaughter is different. She also was doing words, numbers, colors, watching tv and singing along. She is Autistic. I do blame the shots for her. My daughter would have also would not have the shots instead of Autism. We all would. So what are they doing for the new babies being born??? After all these years, why don’t we know what causes this, or how to avoid it.

  29. Chelly
    September 3, 2011 at 11:30 am

    My son did not have a temperature after his shots but seemed to regress… He was developing normally and then all of a sudden he just stopped – no more talking and he seemed emotionally out of control. He’s got something they call “educational autism”. I’m not against vaccines but I am scared to give him his boosters because he’s progressing so nicely. He is 6 and finally expressing himself verbally after lots and lots of therapy. He speaks like a 2 year old but I am hopeful he will catch up since his academic skills seem to be close to those of his peers. If it weren’t for the awesome teachers and therapists he has… I don’t know where he would be… But what about those kids in districts where there is no help? And those families struggling with no resources? Going back to the vaccination issue – I’m hoping someone will be able to help me. Wouldn’t a “pre-disposition” test help? I am obviously not a scientist but why aren’t they testing children before they give the shots? Is it because it would be too expensive? In my experience most problems have a common cause: money. There are so many questions and so many confusing answers… What is a mother to do?

  30. Laura
    September 3, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    The IOM should be looking into whether vaccines cause an autoimmune reaction. Autism is an autoimmune reaction and reactions to vaccine will vary depending on your genetic makeup. My son had the Hep B vaccine at birth, 2 months and 10 months. He reacted to this vaccine only. His reaction was mild at first- allergy to my breast milk, next severe eczema then hives and inflammation of his entire body. I was told it was not the shot, but although he has a milk allergy his subsequent reactions to having milk never were as bad as his last time getting the Hep B vaccine. I was told by his Pediatrician and the emergency room doctor that the shot couldn’t cause this reaction. He is 12 and has never had a reaction from a vaccine as badly as his reaction at 10 months. Pediatricians and emergency room personnel do not report all the facts. Vaccines will never be implicated as causing Autism because the medical community refuses to believe it and is not really performing their tests accurately. Many children are allergic to the ingredients in the vaccines -some more severe than others. Untreated allergies cause neurological damage. My son is allergic to thimerisol- this was in his Hep B vaccine, my father-in-law is also allergic to thimerisol. So if your child is allergic to gluten- many vaccines have yeast in them and since they are directly injected into the body the child can not reject allergen the typical way a person ingesting a food or chemical that they are allergic to would.

  31. Nic nac
    September 4, 2011 at 10:36 am

    And even if these vaccines does cause autism do you actually think this government would tell you…. Let’s not be niave here and know that the government is filled with lies and trying to cover there asses…. That’s why there rich and we are broke

  32. September 4, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    You know, I had my car stolen from a mall parking lot one time. I went to the space where I had parked it and it was gone. When I contacted the police and described in detail what had happened……the policeman said to me, “Are you sure you remember where you parked?” I get that same sense of anger when I get told, immunizations don’t cause autism.
    Yes, as a matter of fact I do remember where I parked my car, and I also know that two weeks prior to immunizations which resulted in raging fever and a forever loss of social interaction, I had a very normal little boy.

    • rosio
      September 5, 2011 at 1:42 pm

      Robin, I was once in your shoes went my child started to show the symptons of autism after the vaccines when I told his pediatrician that he was doing everything according to his age before the vaccines he looked at his files and with an eye look review the devepmental surveys they do in every visit, he said ” are you sure you answered accuraly to each survey question” I felt so bad I felt like the was looking for someone to bleamed for except the vaccines and of course since I was a firt time mom it was easier to bleam it on me and not take responsability for what they do in their profession. I imaging that’s exactly how you felt when it happens to you.

  33. numb from frustration
    September 5, 2011 at 8:04 am

    As a physician and scientist and chronic cynic I too saw my beautiful son’s life fall apart shortly after the insult of multiple simultaneous vaccinations. At age two he was reading books, counting to one-hundred, singing nursery rhymes; he walked by a newspaper and read “Art Van Furniture s-a-l-e sale!” No one who hasn’t experienced this can convince us otherwise.

    The analysis of Scientific causation for multifactorial syndromes on heterogenous populations with garbage data collection on vaccination reactions is fruitless. Realize though that this study is meant to support what is best for an entire population and not the individual. The 99 percent who do okay following the assault from multiple vaccinations make the herd stronger is the justification to destroy a few innocents.

    • Wendy
      September 7, 2011 at 2:15 am

      And as a physician, and scientist, where is the genetic component you and your partner accept as part of the responsibility we as parents give to our offspring? In no way do I blame others, or consider my child one of the “innocents” you numbly assign to the scientific community as a sacrifice to make the herd stronger. When I wanted my son, I made the decision to accept whatever I gave birth to as perfect for me as a mother, and made decisions in his best interest. How sad that isn’t good enough for some. WE all have challenges. WE all see data, and want to see something to blame, but at the end of the day, the energy best served is to love what we have and work with what we do know, the child we have right before us. That is what is worth the effort. Nothing can change what happened or how. We can only change here and now………..

      • usethebrainsgodgiveyou
        September 7, 2011 at 10:49 am

        Are you trying to say that there isn’t a segment of the population that is vulnerable? I know there is…medical exemptions are for individuals who are immunocompromised,
        have allergic reactions to vaccine constituents, have moderate or severe illness, or other medical contraindications to vaccinations have always been excused by state law. But there are NO studies to help determine if your child is going to be the one who is vulnerable. Someone should be studying kids who have been believed to be damaged by vaccines, for the most part, those who are immunocompromised. Maybe there isn’t the money for it, but if I were a scientist the invitation to satisfy my curiosity would be overwhelming.

        There are over 500 studies that PROVE that vaccines do NOT cause autism. There are few if any studies that show what does cause it, but we know it’s not vaccines. Can you prove a negative?

        For the time being, scientists are not actually looking into the possibility that some kids are more prone to reaction for bio-medical reasons.. A reaction to the first DTP is often the first indicator of Tuberous Sclerosis, a genetic condition that is one cause of autism. I have actually heard people say that it’s not the vaccine, that the kid is defective to begin with. But shouldn’t we know if vaccines could worsen the condition? How many doctors are aware of all but a few of the contraindications to vaccination? They are only human.

        Admit that there is a potential for harm…that there MAY be a vulnerable population…it would go a long way to relieve parents fears. You could be on the same side…for the most vulnerable of children.

  34. rosio
    September 5, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    I relay to all of your experiences, my son was sucessfully following the guidelines of delopment until his 18 months viccines, after a high fever hw was nevcer the same he was more up to himself, tandrums and seen to forgot everything he had previously learn, he was no longer the child In gave birth. I have no doubts that the cause of Autism is the Vaccines but unfortunaly I don’t think we will never hear that statement from the government because money is in the way the pharmasurical company is a multi billions of dollar company and admiting this is not in their favor so unfortunatly like someone mention before we are the guinea pig they will continue messing the lives of our children. This is so sad and we basically had our hands tide.

  35. Sarah
    September 5, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Vaccine rejectionism is dangerous. It harms the children who are not vaccinated, and it harms unrelated children who are too young to be vaccinated. Make no mistake about it, vaccine rejectionism is unethical as well as the result of scientific ignorance. Parents who reject vaccines implicitly rely on other people being vaccinated. They are willing to accept the benefits, without partaking of the risk. They expose their own children to life threatening illness, and they expose other people’s children to life threatening illness. The government should act to restrict vaccine waivers to only those with medical indications for forgoing vaccination. The right to indulge one’s philosophical beliefs ends at the point where it threatens the life and health of other people’s children.

    • Sarah
      September 5, 2011 at 9:25 pm

      …… and ” medical indications ” dose not mean your ” belief it causes Autism” it means if the child will die from the vaccine…. I want to make that clear. …. I am ” Pro Vaccine and I am a mother of an Autistic Child “. My child has Autism because that is what he has not because I made the choice of immunizing my child for the health of not only him but for others as well.

  36. September 6, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Rejectionism isn’t an issue for me. Unlike you, I do not counsel parents on what they should do (vacinate or not), but I do wish that people like you would be up front and honest and admit to parents that there is a potential for harm…..and then work with us and help put something in place to help us care for the children who fall victim because they “took one for the team”. There is absolutly no admittance of harm and nothing to make sure our kids live long and happy lives after we depart this world.

    If I had been a follower of “vaccine rejectionism”, I wouldn’t be living the life of autism (for 17 years). So, contrary to what you believe – I believe(d) in vaccines. That being said, I can get more informative drug warning from a three page magazine advertisement on Viagra than I can on the potentially adverse effects of DtaP

    • Sarah
      September 7, 2011 at 8:08 pm

      I should not counsel people what they should do? Now tell me do you who in my eyes to push the anti vaccine campaign because of your faults claims feel any guilt what so ever on what you are spreading? The lies that you believe are true even when you are proven wrong time and time again? Tell me do you feel any responsibility when your child UN-vaccinated walks into a Doctors office coughing while a new born waits for their first doctors appointment , your child walks out and you give then some cough medicine and antibiotics. When the mother of the new born goes to the hospital and sits with her child in ICU praying her child will live? Do you feel any responsibility when your UN-vaccinated child walks into the doctors office with the Measles and passes that onto a baby with Asthma you walk out with your child and the mother of the baby has to bury that child due to the Measles? Are you going to take responsibility when children are crippled from Polio in another 10 to 15 years when it makes it way back to the United States? Be up front and honest? Lady I am…. It’s you that not up front and honest? Let me tell you something when you make the choice to become a parent you should look at everything go to your doctor ask for studies ask your doctor and other doctors do your research and not on the internet , because we know mothers like you think everything is true if it’s on the internet. Not vaccinating your children is unethical and your belief that it causes Autism is dangerous at best. I know what living with Autism is lady and I’ll tell you it’s not from a vaccine.

      • Wendy
        September 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm

        Dear Sarah,
        With all due respect, I can feel the anger and rage you feel in your posts with others. And truthfully, there are legitimate truths to what you are saying. But at the end of the day, are you going to chase down every person who sneezes at you in the face and give you a wretching cold? Or pertussis because you weren’t up to date with your shots? You are at war with imperfection and not enough care and compassion for others. While empathy is a learned quality for some, for others it is simply non existant, and those are the ones who share disease with others needlessly. Thats when you care for yourself and those you love. Do YOUR BEST. Everyone else will have to live with what they consider is theirs. ;0)

  37. Wendy
    September 7, 2011 at 2:00 am

    How does the previous generations of autism cases, who have had no exposure to vaccines and immuniztions come into play? I realize that there is alot of pain and suffering due to autism, and I am a mother of a child with autism. But really???? If it isn’t a vaccine to blame, what would it be next? Detergent? Tap water? Air? and the list goes on, and on. Put your energy into learning how to better care for your child…… We made the best decision for our children at that time…..that is what loving, loyal, honest, well informed parents do.

  38. Sarah
    September 9, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Dear Wendy
    I am up to date with my shots because I am a sever Asthmatic so I must be….. I have anger when others put the public in danger. Please understand I am frightened for all children. I was frightened when my friends baby was in ICU due to measles because of a UN Vaccinated child. I am frightened because when talking with my doctor and health care professionals tell me that Polio will make a come back. I am frightened when I see the death rate rise in infants due to Whooping Cough. Sure there are some children who can not get vaccines due to health reasons and for that ” I’ll take it for the team” but on reasons that haven’t been proven just because they BELIEVE that is the cause even when the results have showed time and time again they are wrong yes I will speak my mind. I waited many years for my child had many problems before I brought my beautiful baby boy into this world. As a parent I feel the responsibility to not only protect my child but other children also. I ask my sons Neutralist for every report he can give us , the report all seem to point to environment , pesticides , food additives and air pollution. Also studies have shown that there is a increased number of cases reported in child who have fathers over the age of 30 like in my case. I am just so sick of this vaccine debate when study after study not just 1 or 2 but over 50 shows NO. Why is it when I put my son on a diet of natural foods my son has turned around. Sure it has a lot to do with his teachers , therapists and my husband and I also because of his diet. We stopped using non stick cook wear and we started on Omegas. Wendy I have a little boy now. In 3 months of us putting him on natural foods he started talking ( Now he wouldn’t shut up ;) in 6 months he stopped lining up toys and watch door knobs spin. He is on a soccer and baseball teams he has friends and we can take him anywhere! We all need to start looking into environment and stop with putting public health in danger. What is going to happened when Pediatricians stop taking un vaccinated children ? Mine has. She sent a letter to all of us explaining her reasons and that she would only take un vaccinated children with ” proven health risks ” When I asked her about this she told me she dose counsel parents about the benefits of vaccines the risks involved of not vaccinating and reports that show vaccines do not cause Autism. When the parents still don’t want to do it she tells them they must find another doctor and she isn’t the only one it’s becoming more and more common. Now what is going to become of these poor little children who parents just won’t vaccinate? What’s going to happen when these kids have to be in a deceased ridden waiting room? Also Wendy if a stranger was to sneeze in my face yes I would be very upset because it’s rude and gross!

  39. james
    December 28, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Beth :
    Yes it is that black and white……. What ever you read was years old they no longer put metal in Vaccines.

    Yes, they do. The SARS vaccine contained Thimerisol, which has mercury in it. 25mcg of mercury injected directly into the blood stream(bypassing the bodies natural abiliuty to filter it out. Many other vaccines include metals and other toxins as well, as well as substances known to cause DNA damage, etc.

    I would advise you to get the ingredients list for the sars vaccine, the multi-shot flu vaccine, mmr, etc… and see what is in them. Research each of the listed ingredients and see what it is, what its side effects are, and what its adverse reactions are.

    The short answer is, if your assumptions were correct, your argument might have merit… But you ae making assumptions that are not warranted.

  40. Jane
    January 26, 2012 at 7:09 am

    dawnkw :
    My son was developing normally until he was two, putting words together and identifying and saying numbers, letters and colors. Then he lost the ability. If not vaccines, what should I be looking at?

    His age for one. My unvaccinated (for medical reasons) son was exactly the same. if anything there’s a clear age of onset and it’s around that age.

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