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Spreading the word that vaccines & autism are not linked

Spreading the word that vaccines & autism are not linked

I have had a hard time with the realization that many people are still unsure of whether vaccines can cause autism. The evidence shows that this link does not exist and pro-vaccine parents can be a powerful source of information for parents who are still struggling with the controversy. Does anyone have any experiences or information sources to share that others can use to help inform family members, fellow parents or themselves?

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  1. I found this article that is a good overview of the general issue. http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2013/03/vaccinations-autism-research/63699/
    Not quite as scientific as I would normally like, but a good starting point.

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  2. As someone who worked in behavioral therapy for children with autism, I have followed the research closely for six years. My best advice for parents who are unsure is to read the research yourself and ask your doctor, and not to give in to fear-based parenting or word of mouth advice from others!

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  3. I have also had many discussions with parents, even those who vaccinate, for whom the myth that vaccines are tied to autism persists. I generally tell that that if vaccines caused autism, we would see higher rates of autism in the vaccinated–but we don’t.

    The Autism Science Foundation has an excellent statement on vaccines that I find tremendously helpful: http://www.autismsciencefoundation.org/autismandvaccines.html‎

    My organization has also published a number of blogs by parents of autistic children and by autistic adults which have assuaged the fears of parents. http://www.voicesforvaccines.org/category/autism/

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Karen! Voices for Vaccines does a great job spreading the word.

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  4. I think that pediatricians are getting much better about answering and anticipating parents’ questions about vaccines. There is so much misinformation out there but it’s our job to help familes feel comfortable with the healthcare decisions they make for their children. I’d love to hear from our members how satisfied (or not) they were with vaccine discussions at their physician’s office.

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