Thursday, January 06, 2011
Earlier studies linking childhood vaccines to autism said to be fraudulent
A typical story is in Time, by Alice Park (link ). The article points to another Time story maintaining “Vaccination rates develop in wealthier kids; the Autism Rumors take a toll”).
Yet, parents believed they were protecting their own, playing family values, by not vaccinating their kids, probably resulting in greater dangers to public health as a whole.
There is controversy as to whether most of the kids had shown signs of autism before vaccination, and perhaps as to how severe disease had to be to count. (Is mild Asperger's worthy of study? It's true it's regarded as part of the Autism spectrum, but some people with Asperger's are very "productive" in personal and economic ways, in their own way.) It's often very difficult (especially in less "severe" instances) to determine when the first "symptoms" really appeared.
I had certain developmental issues of a mild autistic nature (“Asperger”) and if one looks at my own report cards, teachers give varying accounts of my demanding attention from others, ambiguous as to whether they are for really essential skills or because society wanted to make more exacting social demands.