Before becoming a stay at home mom I worked as a therapist doing early intervention therapy for kids with autism. It was wonderfully challenging and rewarding. One of the things I was told all the time by the parents was to be very wary of vaccinating my children because of the link between vaccines and autism. I consider myself and informed consumer and before vaccinating my children I did my research. Though I choose not to vaccinate my children according to the advised schedule (I just go a little slower than perscribed) I concluded that there was not sufficient scientific evidence to support the claim of vaccines causing autism. Sometimes I felt like I was betraying the belief that some of the families I worked with held with conviction. However, tonight I was reading an article that I hope will put parents fears to rest.
“The initial study linking vaccines and autism, which caused international confusion about whether or not to immunize kids, has been exposed as fraudulent. The British Medical Journal (BMJ) released an editorial saying there’s proof that the famous study included false, intentionally fabricated information.”
I was absolutely astounded when I read the article! The initial study–the one that has recently been exposed as fabricated–has been frighteningly successful at decreasing the rates of vaccination.
What do you think? How does this affect your view of vaccines?