For your babies' sake, immunize them

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April 24 to May 1 is National Infant Immunization Week.

Over the past 10-12 years, many non-scientific groups have expressed their concern about the safety of childhood immunizations. TV and Internet ads have raised questions in many parents' minds about vaccine safety, particularly regarding vaccines as a cause of autism.

In the past 10 years there have been innumerable research articles indicating that neither vaccines such as MMR nor thimerosal (a preservative currently only in influenza vaccine) have any proven relationship to autism.

The public also should be aware of two federal court decisions regarding MMR and autism. On Feb. 12, 2009, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims rejected claims that thimerosal and MMR cause autism; and last March 12, the same court rejected claims that thimerosal alone causes autism. Hopefully, these events will reassure the public that childhood immunizations are safe.

Childhood vaccines also are effective. They are one of the most important public health advancements of the past 100 years. As examples:

- In the United States, from 1950-1959, more than 257,000 reported cases of paralytic polio -- with 12,000 deaths -- occurred. Since 2000, only one case of polio, (acquired outside the United States) has been reported.

- From the 1950s to the mid-1960s, several hundred thousand cases of measles with hundreds of deaths occurred in the United States each year. After live-attenuated measles vaccines and the requirement of routine measles immunization for school attendance, cases of measles dropped dramatically. Most cases since 2000 are related to travel or visitors from abroad.

- Since the introduction in 2000 of an effective vaccine for infants and children against Streptococcus pneumoniae, there has been a reduction of almost 80 percent in serious, life-threatening S. pneumoniae disease in children. This also has resulted in a reduction of serious S. pneumoniae infections in elderly contacts (i.e. grandparents) as well!

Vaccines are an important part of child care, and keeping infants and children age-appropriately immunized will keep many serious diseases -- some of which are only a plane ride away -- from returning in the United States.

Dennis L. Murray, M.D., FAAP, FIDSA

Evans

Christopher B. White, M.D., FAAP

Grovetown

(The writers are board-certified in pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases.)

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Nat the Cat
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Nat the Cat 04/30/10 - 12:41 am
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Isn't it the Law? Please

Isn't it the Law? Please tell me that my kids are not going to school with kids who haven't been immunized/vaccinated...in the USA?

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deekster 04/30/10 - 04:48 am
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What laws? Laws like locks

What laws? Laws like locks are for "honest law abiding citizens". Criminals are not law abiding citizens. When WE decided we were not a nation of laws but of situational morality, we were the "boiled frog".

Techfan
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Techfan 04/30/10 - 06:57 am
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Finally a sensible letter

Finally a sensible letter about vaccines. instead of the usual anti vaccine diatribe from Ms Melick. Which LTE writers have the better science background? No contest.

msitua
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msitua 04/30/10 - 07:56 am
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Anyone in South carolina or

Anyone in South carolina or Georgia can get a religious exemption so yes, there are children in your childrens' school that are not vaccinated.
That is the law. I believe in the universal human standard of informed consent for all medical interventions. Compulsory vaccination cannot be legally and morally justified. Vaccines are a medical intervention; they are drugs. Intervention into your personal health and life is only one shot away. We should have the right to decide what to do with our own bodies and those of our children. The majority of vaccines have never been tested for safety. Even former director of the National Institute of Health, Bernadine healy, has recently stated that we need more studies on the possibility on a link between autism and vaccines.
Please join us at www.americanpersonalrightsrally.org
on May 26, Grant Park, Chicago. There will also be satellite rallies at the same time in New York and Oregon. Stream it on your internet 3-5pm.
Vaccination Choice and Parental Consent.
Maurine Meleck

momof2heads
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momof2heads 04/30/10 - 08:15 am
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"Most cases (of measles)

"Most cases (of measles) since 2000 are related to travel or visitors from abroad." Let's not forget, there have been several outbreaks in the US due to people NOT vaccinating their kids. The question parents need to ask themselves is, assuming there was a link between vaccines and autism, would you rather have a living child with autism, or take the chance of your child dying?? This is a no brainer for me.

Techfan
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Techfan 04/30/10 - 08:15 am
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There you go.

There you go.

AGR354
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AGR354 04/30/10 - 08:17 am
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I have a son with autism. He

I have a son with autism. He showed no sign of the Disease until he had his 6 months shots. Which would of been equal to about 20 total shots, which at with in 24 hours after being born he had about 6. he recieved the Heb-b Shot at birth. Vacs still contain Mercury.
The recent study done on Vacs and Autism states that other factors not just Vac can contribute to Autism. Which means that the Vacination still contribute to Autism, but not totaly.
Do I believe in Vacanation. Yes they have saved many lives. However good lord don't fell my child with Vac he doesn't need. In the last 20 years we have become a nation that has become Vacs for everything. It is over done and can, in my son's case sent his body into a shock that has effected his brain function.

msitua
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msitua 04/30/10 - 08:20 am
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Give me measles anytime, any

Give me measles anytime, any day, any hour of the week. It is very RARE for a child to die of measles. You have been brainwashed in fear
by your government and mainstream medicine. On the other hand, mainstream medical doctors have been brainwashed in fear at medical school. It's obvious you've never lived 24/7 with a child on the autism spectrum. maurine Meleck

andreamk
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andreamk 04/30/10 - 08:35 am
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Why do doctors only care

Why do doctors only care about vaccinations and not the 1 in 100 children with autism?

If vaccines are so safe why has the National Vaccine Injury compensation Program paid out billions to people harmed or killed by vaccines?

Why don't you doctors understand why parents are fearful of people like you? I'll tell you why. You fail to acknowledge even the facts. Which is autism has went from being a relatively rare disorder to now affecting every one in 58 boys and you doctors have no explanation for that. In the last 20 years the vaccine schedule has tripled and there has never been any type of study as to how an infant reacts to so many vaccines given together. Some babies get up to 9 vaccines in one visit. The CDC recommended schedule has changed almost every year since 1995. How can you access something that is ever changing so much?

I understand correlation does not mean causation, but we have never even undertaken a study that looks at children who have received vaccines and children who have not. That is the only way to know the effects of vaccination. Also, the federal government refuses to study children who have regressed into autism- which tells me they are frightened about what they may find out.

I recommend parents check out Dr. Bob Sears website http://www.askdrsears.com/ . He takes a reasonable approach to vaccination. Parents are terrified of their odds of having their child develop autism. And they should be. I encourage parents to research pros and cons of vaccination and make decisions that they feeel comfortable about for their child.

These doctors pile on the fear and guilt - it's your responsibility to vaccinate your child to protect your neighbor's child. I ask these doctors will you be helping to cover the cost of all the therapies and incidentals that come with autism, stay up the sleepless nights, clean poop of the walls, plaster holes in the walls that a child put with their head- just some of the stuff that happens when a child develops autism.

No you won't the parents who blindly listen to you and your vaccination recommendations, and who are unlucky enough to have their children succumb to vaccine damage i.e. "autism" are left holding the bag all alone on their own.

Techfan
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Techfan 04/30/10 - 08:51 am
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There are over 1 million

There are over 1 million childhood deaths annually from measles. There are few in the US because MOST CHILDREN ARE VACCINATED! There has never been any LEGITIMATE study linking autism to vaccines. Sorry you have a grandchild with autism, but it's not due to vaccines. It's natural to grasp at straws searching for a cause but to blame vaccines is going off the deep end. The nutcase celebrities who champion the anti vaccine cause do this country no favor. As wrongheaded people believe their nonsense and pseudoscience, will have have an increase in many diseases that have all but been eradicated in this country. If you don't think there is extreme risk from measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, polio, hepatitis, tetanus, meningitis, rotavirus, diptheria, pertussis, etc. you are sadly mistaken.

Techfan
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Techfan 04/30/10 - 09:03 am
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There are numerous studies

There are numerous studies worldwide that show a definite correlation between not being vaccinated and death from disease. As to Dr Sears:http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2009/06/dr_sears_lets_his_flag_fly.php

andreamk
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andreamk 04/30/10 - 09:12 am
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Techfan, Did I say not to

Techfan,

Did I say not to vaccinate at all? No. I said Dr. Sears provides a reasonable approach. At least he is willing to work with parents who aren't buying into just give your kid every vaccine under the sun advice. Better to vaccinate for the most life threatening diseases than not to vaccinate at all approach. He uses a modified schedule. Parents are scared. And they should be. Vaccination is something that should be entered into with knowledge and confidence. Here's his full interview from PBS Frontline- which by the way was completely cut from their show. For some reason anyone who tries to take a reasonable approach to an unreasonable vaccination schedule was not included in their show- The Vaccine Wars.
http://www.ageofautism.com/2010/04/frontline-interview-with-dr-bob-sears...

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AGR354 04/30/10 - 09:14 am
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Techfan we will agree to

Techfan we will agree to disagree. I live with Autism, I have my reason which have a foundation in first-hand experience. Also never use a .com in a debate, I know .org and .gov will say the same, but i challenge you to go talk to parents that are dealing with austism. MOst will tell you they dont trust Vacinations.

Techfan
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Techfan 04/30/10 - 09:26 am
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Why not say you gave your

Why not say you gave your child soda pop and and blame it on that. There's exactly the same amount of real scientific evidence that a Pepsi causes autism as vaccines, zero. I'm an RN and understand that autism can be horrendous. That being said, I believe in the scientific method, and there is no legitimate study to show ANY correlation. Any family history? Pollution? Hormones, dyes, and other chemicals in your food? Do you refuse to live near power lines, feed you children anything but organic foods? Vaccines are the quack du jour's boogeyman.

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amdachel 04/30/10 - 10:07 am
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"Over the past 10-12 years,

"Over the past 10-12 years, many non-scientific groups have expressed their concern about the safety of childhood immunizations."

This selective presentation ignores the top doctors/scientists who do question vaccines safety. Parents need to education themselves about vaccine safety and the link to the explosion in autism.
Dr. Bernadine Healy, former head of the National Institutes of Health has she's publically stated that
the science hasn't been done that would disprove a link. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/05/12/cbsnews_investigates/main40868...

Dr. Peter Fletcher, the former Chief Scientific Officer in the UK, has said that there isn't adequate science
proving the safety of the MMR vaccine. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-376203/Former-science-chief-MM...

The list of experts writing on this subject is long:
Robert Sears, MD, Mayer Eisenstein, MD, MPH, Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, Stephanie Cave, MD, Dr. Todd Elsner, and Robert Mendelsohn, MD.

We need to read more about this critical issue than just the promotion of vaccines. The medical community may show concern with National Infant Immunization Week (April 24-May 1) and National Immunization Month (August), but no alarm or even real concern is forthcoming about the epidemic number of children everywhere with autism.

Doctors may say that studies that have shown no link between vaccines and serious side effects like autism, but they fail to mention that each and every one of the fourteen studies currently cited is tied financially to the vaccine industry.

Anne Dachel
Media editor: Age of Autism http://www.ageofautism.com/

linwessels
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linwessels 04/30/10 - 10:18 am
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It really is too bad that a

It really is too bad that a legitimate letter cannot be written by any vaccine defender. They always resort to fear mongering and untruths. Fortunately, the general population is beginning to see through their facade. First, innumerable studies have not exonerated vaccines. Second, the authors fail to mention the innumerable cases in vaccine court which have been awarded compensation for damages, most notable the Bailey Banks and Hannah Polling cases. They also fail to mention the numerous, and yes there are MANY, studies that do associate vaccines and not only autism, but many other childhood diseases. Let us not forget about all of the adults who suffered or even perished due to the very real side effects of vaccines. Off of the top of my head, Guillane Barre Syndrome comes to mind. They also fail to disclose vaccine ingredients, something that cause your hair to stand on end. Anyone who truly cares about this issue and is concerned for all of our futures will do their own research on the subject, taking an objective look with an open mind. Anything less would be a sincere injustice to all.

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Dixieman 04/30/10 - 10:33 am
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My astrologer said vaccines

My astrologer said vaccines might could cause autism, and I just called the psychic hotline and the lady there confirmed it for $8.99 for the first minute, which just confirmed what my chiropractor over by the homeopathic medicine and power crystal store told me and that lady out in Hollywood on the TV said. They said it; I believe it; and that settles it. (Aromatherapy might could cure the autismistmus, but why risk it?)
So never mind these scientists and physicians who have spent decades doing objective scientific research; I ain't letting my kids leave the trailer park until the vaccine boogeyman waiting out by the entrance with one of them needles goes away!

Dollybean
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Dollybean 04/30/10 - 11:01 am
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Nice try; making the vaccine

Nice try; making the vaccine issue seem as though it is merely hysterical, uninformed parents vs. the entire medical and scientific communities.

The fact is, you're running scared. Among those who question vaccines' safety and effectiveness are physicians, research scientists, natural healthcare providers, lawyers, teachers, etc., etc., etc. I myself was a nurse and in the medical field for almost twenty years before I ever really knew what was in the vaccines I helped administer, and just how horrifying those ingredients are.

ALL of the studies that deny a link between vaccines and autism (or any other disease, disorder, dysfunction, and/or disability) have ties to the Pharmaceutical Industry. Bought and paid for science, just like the tobacco companies tried to do.

But guess what? The truth comes out eventually, and it is coming out now in grand fashion.

For those of you who are completely ignorant about vaccine ingredients and the filthy process in which they are made, and still want to vaccinate your kids, go right ahead.

But the industry who has pulled the wool over so many people's eyes, for so long, about so many things, is going to be made to stop villanizing those who know the truth about the dangers of the pharmaceutical industry's vaccines.

Those who thought the world was round instead of flat were strongly criticized at one time, but truth prevailed.

Get ready to take your fall.....

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Chillen 04/30/10 - 11:28 am
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Dr. Rosenfeld is a physician

Dr. Rosenfeld is a physician who provides consumer information on Sunday mornings. A few weeks ago I saw the show & he was talking about autism & the vaccine link.

A federal court recently examined all the scientific data & studies regarding autism & immunizations. Here is what he said about their finding. "A federal court has just ruled that neither the vaccines, nor the thimerosal (protects vaccine from spoiling), play any role in autism."

Here's link to the 1 minutes video of his statement.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BalV4oJCo6Y

This is the latest data on the possible link to immunizations and autism. The federal courts say no connection.

msitua
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msitua 04/30/10 - 12:05 pm
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The Vaccine Court is run by

The Vaccine Court is run by those who mandate vaccines through the CDC, which also does the safety studies on them. Conflict of interest?????????? Man, you'd believe anything the government tells you. The Court was set up in the beginning to protect vaccine makers. Wake up and smell the dirty vaccines.
Altho, the Vaccine Court has conceded many vaccine injury cases including autism to the tune of billions of dollars. You just don't see them in the media. Hannah Poling, Banks, to name a couple
maurine Meleck

Dollybean
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Dollybean 04/30/10 - 12:07 pm
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That SAME federal court has

That SAME federal court has ruled in FAVOR of other lawsuits that say there IS a connection.

There are HUNDREDS of vaccine injury damage and death lawsuits taking place all the time.

They have paid out over a billion dollars for these deaths and damages (and that is for just a fraction of the huge number of lawsuits that there are).

You just don't hear about the cases that rule that there IS a link in the mainstream, pharmaceutically controlled media. You ONLY hear about the cases where the vaccine was ruled not to have played a role. And then they want to use those cases to say "case closed". Well, not true.

And keep in mind, when someone files a claim, they are submitting that claim to the very same people who are on the side of vaccines; those are who are going to hear and rule on their case (hardly a fair hearing).

Wake up people !!!

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gingertaylor 04/30/10 - 12:49 pm
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Immunize my babies for their

Immunize my babies for their sake? Do you know my babies? Have you met my babies? Have you looked at their medical histories and medical pictures to see if vaccines might be safe for them?

Would you write an article saying, "for your babies' sake, give them antibiotics"? Mersa it out there, and less than a plane ride away, you know.

Do you often give medical advice to people you have never met and whose names you don't even know?

Because unlike most over the counter meds, vaccines change the behavior of the immune system for life. Shouldn't you be sure that you are not changing it for the worse in some children?

Shame on your for giving blanket medical advice to kids you don't know, for pharmaceutical products that actual kill some children.

Wanna know why no one trusts your advice on vaccines any more? Because you write trite, irresponsible articles like this that treat vaccines like candy.

As long as you keep taking vaccine injury lightly, vaccine rates will continue to drop. We are not buying the BS any more.

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billb 04/30/10 - 01:06 pm
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Come on do we REALLY need

Come on do we REALLY need evidence to tell us that proven toxic chemicals in our system is bad for us.
Who is going to get the AIDS Vaccine? all you pro vaccine people are you going to line up for that one??
Truth is, every single study that has ever attempted to validate the safety and effectiveness of vaccines has conclusively established carcinogenic, mutagenic, neurotoxic or fertility impairments, but they won’t address those.
There is too much money at stake to look honestly at the results.
So ANY of you post a link to some REAL Science that say vaccines are safe. Techfan... anyone...
I didn't think so.

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momof2heads 04/30/10 - 01:39 pm
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Just to clarify, I DO live

Just to clarify, I DO live with a child with autism 24/7. And guess what?? Yesterday at his 3 year check up, he got 2 vaccinations. Guess what else?? He is no worse off today than he was yesterday. Go figure. Billb-post a link from a genuine scientific, peer based study that proves that vaccines cause autism. If it comes from Age of Autism or Generation Rescue, it can't be considered legit since they are completely biased. Thousands of studies have been conducted all around the world and none could make a connection between the two. It's not just our government as many like to claim. Universities all around the world are finding the same results in their studies. It's time we accept that our kids genetic make-up caused their autism, not our government or doctors.

msitua
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msitua 04/30/10 - 03:10 pm
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momof2heads, just to clarify,

momof2heads,
just to clarify, you can give your children as many vaccinations as you please. Nobody is telling you not to. If anyone wants, they can give them 100,000 in one day and be able to handle it, as Paul Offit suggests.
What I am saying is parents are the ones to make that decision, not the government, or some poorly trained doctors, who know nothing about vaccines. It needs to be up to us as individuals to decide what drugs to put in our bodies and those of our children.
Maurine Meleck

Dollybean
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Dollybean 04/30/10 - 03:23 pm
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momof2heads: The Universities

momof2heads:

The Universities have long ago been scooped up by Big Pharma and teach the pharmaceutical model of care. OF COURSE their studies are going to exonerate vaccines (duh).

Dr. Mayer Eisenstein, from HomeFirst has delivered 35,000 babies through his medical practice since 1972. NOT ONE of them has autism, because he teaches not to vaccinate. The insurance giant Blue Cross Blue Shield "flagged" his practice because he did not have asthma claims coming through like every other doctor's office. After investigating them, BCBS said that these patients were among the healthiest they have ever seen (of course that does not make it to pharmaceutically-controlled mainstream media).

His patients have been exposed to the same fertilizers, pesticides, plastics, etc. as everyone else (some of the "suspects" in autism) but yet; no autism. I am sure these toxins do contribute to harm, but in this large group of 35,000....no autism.

Same with the Amish who do not vaccinate. Same with chiropractors' kids, homeschooled children, naturopathic doctors' kids, etc. No autism in the unvaccinated.

With a rate of 1 in 110 (1 in 70 boys), what kind of numbers of autistic kids should you be finding in these demographic examples?

Many children have genetic predispositions that make them poor excretors of large amounts of heavy metals, or immune systems that cannot take a massive assault all at one time. As long as you leave that alone and don't bombard it, the child will fare well. But hit them with the massive amount of crap that is in vaccines and game over.

Some kids come out fine or relatively ok. But you cannot ignore the epidemic numbers, of not only autism, but asthma, allergies, autoimmune disorders, behavior problems, etc. One in six children has a neurodevelopmental disorder.

We have got to stop accepting the safety studies that are done by the very same people who manufacture, market and sell the product they are studying.

No other agency in this country is allowed to police itself to the degree that Big Pharma has been and continues to do. And forget the FDA and CDC. They have been "captured" by Big Pharma long ago.

Most agency heads leave their government regulatory positions to work for the very corporations they were supposed to have been regulating. Case in point: Dr. Julie Gerberding, head of the CDC for eight years, up until Jan of '09 recently became president of Merk's vaccine division in a multi-million dollar salary position. Bonus for a job well done while in the CDC. And this is NOT an isolated case.

So do your homework. There are now a lot of us who are, and we are going to leave you in the dust holding your butts in your hands.....

Dixieman
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Dixieman 04/30/10 - 04:17 pm
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Vaccinate your kid. If you

Vaccinate your kid. If you don't, my kid will be at risk for their infectious diseases.
The "Vaccine Court" just administers no-fault payments and does NOT constitute scientific evidence of causation, just like the Agent Orange system set up years ago.

msitua
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msitua 04/30/10 - 04:45 pm
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You are incorrect about

You are incorrect about Vaccine Court-it is not no fault payments.
You are forgetting we did vaccinate our kids and that's why they are so sick. So we had to stop vaccinating because they are sick and vulnerable. Are you suggesting we make them sicker to protect your child??????

Nat the Cat
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Nat the Cat 04/30/10 - 05:18 pm
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Thank you for such an

Thank you for such an informative post. I have to admit that I was unaware of the passion [and facts], on both sides of this issue.

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