The Link That Just Won't Die

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In the United States, the solemn developmental disability of autism affects 1 in 68 children per year. A relentless controversy between parent groups and medical scientists results in the indefinite link between child vaccinations and the cause of disorders on the autism spectrum. Although a colossal amount of concerned groups and individuals believe a link resides between vaccinations and autism, studies indicate the relation between the two appears non-existent.
Every parent wishes the best for their child, especially when it relates to medical and physical health conditions. An Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) poses an intense fear within parent’s lives when they are expecting children. “Autism represents a broad group of developmental disorders characterized by impaired social interactions, problems with verbal and nonverbal communication, repetitive behaviors, or severely limited activities and interests” (hhs.gov). Different degrees of the diagnosis may range from a child presenting mild indications of autism to one with a severe form of the disability. “Common repetitive behaviors [of autism] include hand-flapping, rocking, jumping and twirling, arranging and rearranging objects, and repeating sounds, words, or phrases” (autismspeaks.org). Across the country, 1.5 million people today have been diagnosed with autism; what triggers it remains controversial throughout the world.
“Officials remain clueless as to the cause, prevention, or cure” (Anne Dachel). Some say that it may be likely that there are multiple causes to the developmental delay. There is a definite possibility that babies with abnormal immune systems may metabolize and react differently to the developing process after receiving a vaccination. There is the very s...

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