Why Vaccinations and Autism Have NO Correlation Mar 05, 2015

"So you ask any mother of the autistic community if we'll take the flu, the measles, over autism any freaking day of the week." says Jenny McCarthy on CNN about the correlation between vaccines and autism. That’s right folks, vaccines and autism. 

Let's take this slow and first have some background information on how vaccinations work. Vaccines are in essence, the action of injecting a small amount of a weakened germ so that your body's immune system will create proteins called antibodies. After having defeated the weak germ, these antibodies stay within your body for a long time so that when the actual disease does enter, they will be ready to fight them off with ease. 

Now the antibodies created (which are apparently the "cause" of autism as they will mercilessly attack the brains of your children) are, let us be reminded, the creations of your own body. It is a natural process that should occur once the child obtains the real disease anyways, with the only difference being that the immune system might not win that time, compared to when fighting the weakened versions of the germ. As autism develops in young, fragile brains, during the pregnancy and birth stages of the child, it is irrational to believe that vaccines, that are injected first to 12-15 year olds, are the root cause to this condition.

Not only is this theory completely illogical if you think about it, but has also never been scientifically supported. In 2002, a study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine that followed all children in Denmark from 1991-1998, which is a total of over 537 000 children to find no association between the development of autism and the MMR vaccine. That same year, another study was published in the Journal of Pediatrics that also found no link between autism and the MMR vaccine, although it followed all children born in Finland from 1982-1986 (over 535 000 children). There is no scientific support for this statement. 

The only "scientific study" that I could find for the counter argument was a 1998 Lancet Study where 12 children were studied. Nine of these children had autism, of whom 8 children had parents who thought that this was caused by the MMR vaccine. Not only was this not a randomized  or controlled scientific study, but more like a description of a small group (12 < 537 000) of children whose parents "believed" in a theory. 

Let's finish off with some simple mathematics, which is only logical after all that science. 

Theory on vaccines and autism minus general knowledge on vaccines minus general knowledge on autism minus any scientific proof whatsoever equals to children with measles, flu, mumps or rubella. 

Healthy children plus vaccines equals healthy children with no measles, flu, mumps or rubella. It's really as simple as that.

By: Jiyu Nam

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