There was significant news today related to the ongoing concerns about vaccines and autism. The special masters of the U.S. Court of Claims ruled on three cases today brought by parents who claimed that the MMR vaccine had caused autism in their children. The masters reiterated that there was “little if any evidence to support claims of the vaccine-autism link”. One master stated, “The evidence is weak, contradictory and unpersuasive.” All of the masters expressed great empathy for these families and encouraged continued research and funding to advance the medical and scientific causes for autism.
We need to continue to look for answers, but quit spinning our wheels and money on areas that have already been explored and move on to other theories. Genetics plays an important role, and we need to figure out other precipitating factors, which are not vaccines.
These decisions will hopefully further ally parents concerns as related to vaccine safety. Numerous articles have been written and study after study has concluded that vaccines are not the cause of autism. But unfortunately many parents are still not satisfied by science, and these decisions by well respected impartial masters of the court may continue to put science before emotion.
What vaccines do is prevent diseases. Parents need to continue to hear that the vaccine preventable diseases have not be eradicated, and that measles in the U.S. is on the rise, that a child has died from a vaccine preventable form of meningitis due to parents decision not to vaccinate. We may see more of these illnesses and deaths if people continue to question vaccine safety.
Read the court decisions, look at the science, listen to fact and not innuendo and please vaccinate your children. It is a public health concern for all of us.
That’s your daily dose, we’ll chat again soon.