Sometimes I think about different things regarding autism and one of the issues that I always wonder about is vaccines. I am of the opinion that vaccines may play a role in autism but that it may be more likely that the vaccines to take a closer look at are those that are given to adults, women in particular, of child-bearing age. Some of the reasons I question the safety of vaccinating women, particularly pregnant women are as follows:
- The increase in incidence of autism in the US seems at some level to coincide with the introduction of the second MMR vaccination recommendation for adults in the late 1980s.
- There seems to be a higher incidence of autism in children born between October and March which coincidently is flu season. Most pregnant women are encouraged to get a flu shot.
Could these things point to the vaccine causing some sort of damage to DNA/RNA, ovum, sperm, or fetus which then leads to the child developing autism? Maybe these vaccines cause damage that make the child then more susceptible to additional cell damage caused by their own future vaccinations or other environmental toxins? I don’t know but it is something I think about and I wonder if it is something scientists are thinking about too.
- Vaccines and Autism: Are They Linked? (brighthub.com)
- Thimerosal in Vaccines (everydayhealth.com)
- CDC Study Shows No Vaccine, Autism Link (webmd.com)