A Pediatrician Discusses Vaccines (8/05)

Unfortunately, propaganda regarding vaccines is rampant on the Internet, and we are hearing more on national media about the “connection” between vaccines and autism.  Accusations of “big medicine” and “big business” being out to hurt the public for a profit are quite common.  To the best of my knowledge, there are no studies to document any connection between autism and immunizations.  In spite of comments by some, organized medicine has looked quite extensively for a possible connection but have been unable to show any direct cause and effect relationship.  Many claims are speculative and scientifically unsubstantiated.  I have speculative theories of my own as to why we are seeing an increased number of diagnoses; but that is just what they are –speculative theories. We deal with this regularly at our office.  Sadly, this type of publicity is better for sensationalism than for productive and useful dialogue.  I would be interested to know if there is a charge for the newsletter offered by the “medical professionals” who publish this hype, and if they charge a speaker fee to present their opinions. Part of the confusion stems from the fact that there exists a problem that has no solution as of yet.  People whose families are painfully impacted by this condition are crying out for an answer and any and all possibilities are “fair game”.   Granted, no one can definitively state that some children might not have experienced some type of idiosyncratic reaction or response to vaccines that predisposed them to neurological abnormalities, but there are also an infinite number of exposures that women have when they are pregnant that did...