Many parents feel that their kids get so many shots now a day compared to the when they were children. Even though this may seem accurate because a lot of vaccines are broken up, there is no evidence supporting this claim. Kids may receive more shots, but they are twice as protected against a variety of diseases compared to when the parents were kids. Furthermore, “It’s not the number of shots that matters; it's what's in them. Antigens are the viral or bacterial components of a vaccine that induce the immune system to build up antibodies and fight future infections.
.). Andrew Wakefield's research was the starting point of the conspiracy theory that the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccinations cause Autism. Furthermore, it made people, especially parents of autistic kids, question and lose trust in vaccinations. Without Wakefield's research people, might not question vaccinations as much as they do today. Eventually, Wakefield’s research, in 2004 had problems spring up with it.
A growing number of scientists and researchers believe that a relationship between the increase in disorders of autism, and the increased use of Thimerosal in vaccines could be linked. The Thiomersal controversy claims that vaccines containing the preservative Thimerosal contribute to autism and other brain development disorders due to the high levels of mercury. (www.cdc.gov) Autism is a severe developmental disorder that will usually begin at birth or sometimes within the first two-and-a-half years of life. Most autistic children are perfectly normal in appearance, but spend their time... ... middle of paper ... ...ply be prevented. With the proper research done a parent could prevent there child from sever reactions, and possibly even autism.
His research was called weak by drug corporations, governments and media companies and was then discredited earning him a fraud reputation. His paper has since raised a decade long argument on MMR vaccine originating autism spectrum disorder. This has caused a lot of parents to withdraw their children from being vaccinated, which increased measles infections. Many studies and research projects have been carried out to find relevance between MMR and Autism. Patients with autism were found to have been harboring an increased number of antibodies to measles when a study was conducted on several patients of Autism.
This paper was the beginning of over a decade of parents who feared that vaccinating children would lead to autism. During this time some parents chose not to vaccinate and this is now affecting our public health. Not all children can be vaccinated. Some children have immune deficiencies, like cancer, which prevent them from getting vaccines. Other children are too young to be vaccinated.
The Anti-vaccination movement is a growing number of people that mistrust the use of vaccines. The movement blame vaccines, or their ingredients, for the increase of autism throughout the past decades. Although this movement has rapidly gained support throughout these past years, there is very little scientific evidence to prove that their claims are true; in fact, there is a lot of peer reviewed research that concludes that a lot of anti-vaccination claims are caused by misread scientific data. Certain neurotoxic chemicals in the vaccines are supposedly responsible for this for affecting brain development in children, but evidence shows that this is not the case. Several population studies have been conducted in large population groups have shown that there is no correlation between autism and vaccination.
While they were not as common in the 50’s and 60’s; most children that lived during that era ended up with various diseases and eventually died from them. Parent’s that are anti vaccination forgo them due to the assumption that they cause autism and other illnesses. Most people against vaccination did not live during the epidemics to experience it firsthand to know how it really affected the country. According to Jenny McCarthy, “vaccines caused her son to become autistic, but after going through recovery and being re-evaluated she was told he was no longer autistic (Perry).” It has not been proved whether vaccines are 100% effective or defective. Vaccines have been around for over 1,000 years.
Increasing diagnosis’s of autism are commonly attributed to children receiving vaccines. This is because the parents believe that the autism is caused by the immunization that their child received a few months prior (Doja & Roberts, 2006; Rutter, 2005). This is commonly due to the parents being uninformed about the mechanisms of a vaccine as well as being influenced by the media. The increase in autism diagnosis is caused by an increased awareness, education, and diagnostic tools available to the medical profession (Rutter, 2005). This means that the doctors are assessing children for signs of autism a few months after the administration of various vaccines (Doja, 2006).
A recent spike in the number of diagnoses of autism spectrum disorders has also brought to light the controversy that exists concerning the link between autism and immunizations. In a piece published by CNN, Jenny McCarthy depicts her son’s recovery from autism. In it, she claims that autism is an entirely environment illness, and states that vaccines are a major trigger of the disease. A Newsweek article printed in 2005 discusses the search for a cure for autism, citing the many methods parents have used in an attempt to treat their children—including a wheat and dairy free diet, and a controversial treatment method that strips the body of metals called chelation. Again, it was brought up that the osteopath who prescribed these methods, Mary Ann Block, felt that toxins from vaccines were the roots of autism.
The first smallpox vaccine frightened many parents due to the fact that it included scoring the flesh on a child's arm, and inserting lymph from the blister of a person who had been vaccinated about a week earlier ("Opposition to Vaccines Has Existed as Long as Vaccination Itself.” sec. 1). Although todays medical advancements have made the vaccination