Tuesday, October 14, 2008

TaLkIn TuEsDaY

Autism and Immunizations.....are they related?? So this has been something that I have heard about alot lately and because of that it's been on my mind. Mainly because I have always done immunization on my kids but also whether to continue or not if this could be a factor. I did a little research about it on the internet, in defining Autism this is what it said;Autism (often referred to as autistic spectrum disorder, Asperger's syndrome, or pervasive developmental disorder) is a complex developmental disability -- a neurological derangement that affects the functioning of the brain. This condition usually appears during the first three years of life and often strikes following an early childhood of apparently normal development. Mental and social regression are not uncommon. Although the severity of the affliction varies from child to child, the following symptoms are typical: inadequate verbal and social skills, impaired speech, repetition of words, bizarre or repetitive behavior patterns, uncontrollable head-banging, screaming fits, arm flapping, little or no interest in human contact, unresponsiveness to parents and other people, extreme resistance to minor changes in the home environment, self-destructive behavior, hypersensitivity to sensory stimuli, and an inability to care for oneself. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention said they have done some studies but have found no direct cause for Immunizations causing Autism other than the facts people have reported and often noticed "signs" after the MMR vaccine had been given to their child. The MMR is the Vaccine for Measles, Mumps, and Rubella. This Vaccine is usually given to children between the ages of 12 months to 15 months and again with the rest of their Booster shots usually between ages 4 and 5 right before they go to kindergarten. In doing my research here is what else I found as far as the side effects with the MMR. The regular ones as far as low grade fever, soreness and crankiness. Severe allergic reactions (low probability in all vaccines), deafness, seizures, coma, or lowered consciousness, and permanent brain damage. These are SIDE EFFECTS, and these have all been proven and linked to the MMR, although some are rarer than others still very scary. The Dept. of pediatrics did a case studies with 12 children, 9 of which had been diagnosed with Autism. The Onset of behavioral symptoms was associated by the parents with MMR vaccination in 8 of 12 children. In these studies they state that “We did not prove an association between measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine and the syndrome described.“ The reasons behind it were there were too few cases (only 12 children), no healthy controls for comparison, and no reported time period during which cases were identified. Although they have been giving the MMR vaccine I believe after the 1950's and the first cases of Autism were reported in 1943. Since then it has increased so whether the vaccines have helped speed things along or this all happens to be a complete coincidence. In Utah it was reported that 1 in 79 boys have autism. Autism seems to run more frequently in boys than girls. They also said that "more children will be diagnosed with Autism this year than AIDS, diabetes, and cancer COMBINED. That is so crazy to me. I also read alot of these mothers stories and they stated that they had very normal kids some even smarter and moving along in their speech and motor skills alot earlier than normal. They said after they had the MMR's done that the motor skills and behavior changed drastically. This is all so scary to me especially since I have been all about Immunizations from the beginning. I also learned that Autism can be controlled so to speak. Jenny McCarthy was on Oprah one day and her son has Autism. She said she had cured him by changing his diet and with a few supplements and such. I just wanted to make you guys more aware because I had no idea about any of this until I did the research and I don't know about you but my childrens pediatricion never has said anything. This is difinantley something I will be talking to him about. Especially if it is something I can control as a parent, not to mention all the other stuff we have to worry about. That wraps it up for another Talkin Tuesday!

9 comments:

Sierra said...

my pediatrician really eased my fears about the immunizations. I also saw jenny on O. He told me about all the studies he knew about and that autism doesn't really present until right after the first birthday. Since the immunizations are given then, parents think it's linked. Also, he assured me that the newer immunizations my daughters were given did not have the mercury in them that people also thought was causing the autism. The FDA has pulled those kinds, and they are no longer given.

Anyway, I can take a dinner in next week. Does it matter which day? Maybe Alicia and I could rotate on the first thrusday or something. Whatever you tell me to do, I will do. (within reason)

gillman said...

Even if there is a small link IMO i think that to not immunize your kids would just be too scary as well. i have heard my mom talk about the things kids used to get before they had immunizations for it. we should take advantage of the medical advancements we have. interesting subject amy!!:0)
Meg

bret and family said...

I'm a friend of Devin's from high school... anyway my wife has been working with Autism here in SG for the last 3 years and has seen some children that can lead almost normal lives with some diet adjustments and therapy.

Because the spectrum of diseases we call 'autisim' is so large it is nearly imposiblile to tell if is is even a single disorder or multiple ones, let alone begin to understand the causes...

The studies I have looked at linking almost any stimulus and autisim show corrolation, but not causation.

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-Bret Olsen

Brand N' Kys said...

Ok as if I was not FREAKED out enough by everything else! Gosh! Well I feel better after reading some comments! When I was at the pediatrician last the nurse was telling me some moms choose not to immunize. The sad part about it is that before you can go on a mission you have to have that done and she told me it's SO much better to do it when they are small because they really remember the pain when they are 18! Interesting topic, i wonder what Dr. Wynn has to say about it?

Amy Jensen said...

Sorry I am not trying to scare anyone I just thought it was interesting and had heard some stuff and thought about doing the research. Anyway it is something I am concerned about but I am not saying that I am opting to not do them anymore. I will note that because of moms deciding not to do the MMR that has been a major outbreak with measles and mumps this year than what we have seen in a long time!

Shelly said...

I am all for immunizations. I know that people are thinking there is side effects but look at good it has done. If everyone stopped getting immunized the diseases would come back and that to me is far worse. I agree with your friend Meg, we should take advantage of the medical advancements. Also it is hard to know which articles are fact and which ones are just opinions. I love your talking Tuesdays!

Jensen's said...

haha yep in the blog world i was capoot for a while! School has kept me sooo busy im going to lose my mind! Hope things are good since I didnt seeyou this weekend!

Michelle Tolboe said...

Ames,
You know I am a freak about this subject. It is our personal choice to 1) spread out all immunizations and have responsible shot schedules. We feel very strongly that there should not be as many shots given in the first two years of life.
2) give the MMR shot alone. Not with any other shots...even if it's in the other leg.
Let me be clear. I believe these immunizations are vital for the safety of not only my child but others as well. They are neither evil nor unimportant. However children should not be "shot up" with seven-plus live viruses in one day. It seems to be a little too much for their little bodies. And although autism has not officially been linked to vaccinations there is still a chance there could be something in the vaccination that can trigger a dormant disease such as autism.
Bravo for doing your research and presenting this topic. It is great to see mothers educating themselves and making those decisions that feel most comfortable for them.

Craig said...

One of my friends was a nurse in California and like your friend Michelle, advised me to spread the shots out. I agree. I know it's a pain to go to the dr.'s more often (extra time, co-pay, etc.), but...I think it's worth it. I also had 2 of Bella's kindergarten shots done at her 4-year old appt. so she won't have to have the 4 or 5 all at once that are required for kindergarten for the same reason. You just don't know how a little body will react when that many vaccines are injected all at once. How do they interact and react with one another? That's my 2 cents.
Sarina