Autism Spectrum Disorder, increased number of administered vaccines, federal law and controversy on the autism, vaccine connection continues to be divided by perception and opinion of society, government and medical field nationally.
Vaccination laws, protection and compensation for injury of vaccines became a prioritized topic in 1986. Since then the controversy over whether or not vaccines or number of vaccinations administered at once causes autism has continued to rise, as have the number of children diagnosed with Autism. According to the FDA and CDC statistical data and studies have been proven inconclusive or unfounded in connection to autism but a portion of society, medical professionals and parents report otherwise.
Vaccine Safety and Laws
According to NVIC – National Vaccine Information Center and EON – Enhanced Online News affiliated with NVIC, the United States Congress in 1986 approved a partial civil liability shield which protects the pharmaceutical industry from vaccine injury lawsuits in the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act. Preview the approved law by clicking on the following link The Original Law 1986- PL-99-660.
Approval of the Partial Civil Liability Shield led to the establishment of the (VICP) Vaccine Injury Compensation Program according to NVIC. To view the compensation program click the following link The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program Website.
Over $3.5 million dollars in compensation for injury and deaths related to vaccines. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration website reports confirms the paid compensation by reporting the following: “Since 1988, over 18,072 petitions have been filed with the VICP. Over that 27- year time period, 16,289 petitions have been adjudicated, with 5,353 of those determined to be compensable, while 10,936 were dismissed. Total compensation paid over the life of the program is approximately $3.6 billion”https://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/data/
2011 The United States Supreme Court declared vaccine products and manufacturers were not to be held liable, in the court of law, for injury caused from licensed FDA vaccines reportedly known to be unsafe and ineffective. Learn more about the 2011 ruling by clicking the following link NVIC Supreme Court Amicus Brief – Brueswitz vs. Wyeth 2010 or visit read the article The Latest in Atrocious Supreme Court Decisions – Only 2 Justices Stand Up for Your Rights… by clicking the provided link ://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/03/22/betrayal-of-consumers-by-us-supreme-court-gives-total-liability-shield-to-big-pharma.aspx
Congressional Bill H.R. 2232 – 114th Congress (2015-2016) also known as Vaccinate All Children Act 2015 was introduced to Congress for approval to mandate federally recommended vaccines and eliminating or restricting exemptions from vaccines due to freedom and conscience of religion. The Congressional Bill can be viewed at https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2232/text. At this time the bill has not received approval.
The CDC and FDA have consistently stated data and studies suggesting a connection between autism and vaccines are unfounded. www.fda.gov/biologicsbloodvaccines/resourcesforyou/consumers/ucm345587.htm
Nationally parents have shared stories and commentary claiming their child was developing normally prior to the injection of certain vaccine injections, primarily the TDaP and MMR, which has led many parents to believe and advocate awareness to increased Autism Spectrum Disorder risks and recommended vaccinations. Additional information regarding parental concerns can be read at the following links http://www.publichealth.org/public-awareness/understanding-vaccines/vaccine-myths-debunked, http://www.webmd.com/children/vaccines/features/vaccine-linked-to-autism#, http://www.nbcnews.com/id/35638229/ns/health-childrens_health/t/parents-thinks-shots-cause-autism/#.WO2d6VPyuqA and http://thinkingmomsrevolution.com/rolled-eyes-parents-said-vaccines-caused-kids-autism/
A growing number of doctors nationally have begun to suggest an alternative vaccine schedule, limiting the number of vaccines and/or combined vaccines administered at well-child visits. Andrew Brandeis doctor of a family practice clinic in San Francisco, is one of several doctors and growing practices allowing more parental control over when and which vaccines are administered to their child or if any vaccines are administered at all. According to a January 2017 article, USA: The Shadow Network of Anti-Vax Doctors, http://www.vaccineconfidence.org/usa-the-shadow-network-of-anti-vax-doctors, reported Brandeis administers vaccines for parents but his two year old daughter is unvaccinated. He claims “the risks outweighs the benefits” and children are supposed to get sick to strengthen the immune system. “Measles isn’t going to kill your kid anymore. This isn’t the late 1800s when sanitary conditions were horrible…kids are supposed to get sick; they’re supposed to get childhood illnesses, it’s what builds the immune system.” -Dr. Andrew Brandeis
President Donald Trump in a 2015 response to a question regarding vaccines and autism during a GOP debate indicates he considers their is a potential link between the two.
“You take this little beautiful baby and you pump—I mean, it looks like just it’s meant for a horse and not for a child. We had so many instances, people that work for me, just the other day, 2 years old, a beautiful child, went to have the vaccine and came back and a week later got a tremendous fever, got very, very sick, now is autistic.” -President Donald Trump.
The 2015 televised portion of the debate can be viewed at https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2015/09/17/the-origins-of-donald-trumps-autismvaccine-theory-and-how-it-was-completely-debunked-eons-ago/?utm_term=.6a2471dd3ee6.
Currently the United States government recommends children, between birth and 18 years of age, receive approximately 16 vaccines administered in 69 doses. To view the current and past vaccination schedules to 1995 visit https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/past.html or view the 2017 Vaccination Schedule recommended by the CDC for ages birth to age 6 and the 2017 Vaccination Schedule recommended by the CDC for ages 7 to 18 years by clicking on the provided link here: Children from Birth through 6 Year Old – Preteens and Teen
The cost to vaccinate a child has substantially increased, estimated at a 3000 percent increase, which has substantiated theories vaccines have become a profitable pharmaceutical and government business benefit rather than a benefit to public health.
The CDC has joined the Inter-Agency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) which is affiliated and works with National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC). They have stated they joined the committees to better address medical and parental concerns related to vaccines and Autism Spectrum Disorder. The CDC is concerned there will be serious adverse repercussions in the future if the ever growing rise of unvaccinated children increases and continues to not be administered vaccines.
“Even a few cases of a contagious disease in a vulnerable population could touch off a major outbreak. This is why we still vaccinate against polio, even though we haven’t seen it in this country for more than 10 years. One infected traveler from another country could set us back 50 years if our own population wasn’t protected. When you get your child vaccinated, you are not just protecting her. You are also protecting her friends and schoolmates and their families, and her children, grandchildren, and future generations.” -Excerpt from the CDC Parent’s Guide to Vaccines. www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/tools/parentsguide/downloads/parents-guide-508.pdf
For more information on vaccines and Autism Spectrum Disorder or to learn more from on the information obtained in the above article visit the following resources provided below:
- (EON) Enhanced Online News www.enhancedonlinenews.com/news/eon/20161208005225/en.
- (CDC) Centers for Disease Control www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/research.html#howmany
- (NVIC) National Vaccine Information Center www.nvic.org
- Additional resources: www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/six-reasons-to-say-no-to-vaccination www.vaccinationcouncil.org/2011/01/09/the-ten-reasons-to-say-no-to-vaccines http://vaccines.procon.org www.patheos.com/Articles/Anti-Vaccination-Movement-Threatens-to-Turn-Texas-Into-a-Developing-Country
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