CNN Breaking News Regarding The MMR Vaccine

I’m frequently asked about my thoughts as to the link between vaccines and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome as well as autism.  For years I have pointed out that there has been absolutely no scientific link between SIDS and vaccines and I felt the same way about autism.  Now it seems this is being officially debunked. 

It was just announced that the medical journal The Lancet has retracted a controversial 1998 paper that linked the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine to autism.  The research had been discredited subsequently.   And last week, the study’s lead author Dr Andrew Wakefield was found to have acted unethically in conducting the research.

As many of you who follow me know I strongly believe that, as parents, we need to always question what we hear in media reports and on the Internet.  We need to do our own research and decide what’s best for our own family.  But, when we’re receiving information from what, in all accounts, should be a credible source such as a researcher it’s hard not to believe it. 

Pediatricians will always remind patients that it’s far more dangerous to not vaccinate your child.  However, there always is the option of spreading the vaccines out.  Whatever you decide, check with your pediatrician but feel confident that vaccinating your child is always the best bet.

Alison Rhodes, The Safety Mom!
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2 responses to “CNN Breaking News Regarding The MMR Vaccine

  1. From

    http://www.chop.edu/service/vaccine-education-center/home.html

    “Thirty years ago, children received seven vaccines, which protected against measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio. The total number of bacterial and viral proteins contained in these seven vaccines was a little more than 3,000.

    “Today, children receive 14 different vaccines, but the total number of immunological components in these vaccines is only about 150. This dramatic reduction is the result of scientific advances that have allowed for purer, safer vaccines. ”

    Are vaccines perfect? Not by a long shot. But they are safer than the diseases they prevent.

    Here is what I object to about Wakefield (and Thoughtful House, Age of Autism, Generation Rescue, and even Autism Speaks). Their focus on “a cure for autism” sucks up the time and money that should be going to

    * Increasing support for families who have one or more members with autism
    * Increasing educational opportunities for people with autism — safe, welcoming, and effective educational opportunities
    * Increasing opportunities for dignified, meaningful employment for people with autism
    * Increasing safe and dignified living arrangements for those with autism who cannot manage independent living.

    I sometimes write a post that collates blog responses, both positive and negative, to a given issue.

    I’m keeping one now on responses to the Lancet retraction of the Wakefield’s paper.

    I’ve added your blog to the list.

    The post is at

    http://lizditz.typepad.com/i_speak_of_dreams/2010/02/on-the-lancets-retraction-of-wakefields-1998-paper-alleging-a-connection-between-the-mmr-vaccine-and.html

    CNN Breaking News Regarding The MMR Vaccine

  2. I still haven’t heard why it took The Lancet so long to removed Dr. Wakefield’s research on vaccinations and autism. I read that his co-authors of the study recanted their statements and conclusions to the study many years ago…

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