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Parents in the autism community worry about H1N1 vaccine

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Many parents in the region keep calling their pediatricians to see if the the H1N1 vaccine has arrived. But others don’t want their kids to get the shot at all – even when it’s available. Public Health officials in Delaware report low participation during the first week of school vaccinations – especially in one school that serves students with autism.


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Delaware’s Division of Public Health reports that at the Brennen School in Newark, only 10 out of 320 students got the vaccine. This is a tough issue for parents of children with autism, says Theda Ellis, who directs Autism Delaware, a non-profit advocacy organization. She says worries about a connection between autism and vaccines still prevail:

Ellis: Many parents give anecdotal information that their children developed symptoms of autism following a vaccination so particularly for those parents, it’s a big issue.

She says some parents think a preservative used in vaccines is related to autism. In addition, Ellis says there are other worries:

Ellis: For some people it’s the impact on the auto-immune system, and so little being known about it, and then the third concern about the swine flu vaccine is that there’s a sense that it hasn’t really been adequately researched yet.

Dr. David Mandell of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia says no research has shown a connection between autism and vaccines. He says parents should consider the health benefits of getting the vaccine when making their decision.

Vaccines are extraordinarily safe, that is the risk from having any kind of problem associated with the vaccine is much lower than the risk of getting what could be a very serious infection.

School vaccines are also under way in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, but student participation rates are not available.


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  • Ken says:

    Yes, we should all get our medical advice from a B-list celebrity.

  • Dawn says:

    Vaccines are the cause of most, if not all neurological and chronic disease. My family is living proof of the destructive nature of vaccines. It is not the neurotoxins causing Autism, but something far more sinister. Read “Fear of the Invisible” by Janine Roberts to understand what scientists have done to our gene pool.

    • Pam says:

      I agree! I certainly will read this book. My personally experience is identical as it can get to the book: “Louder Than Words.” I applaud this mother warrior for writing it.

    • blooper says:

      Scientists ruins everything!

      I yearn for the good ol’ days before evil vaccines when the average life span was 30.

    • Alex says:

      Vaccines cause practically no adverse events, and are not the cause of autism. The overwhelming benefit of vaccines far outweighs the exceedingly rare harm they do. Parents who selfishly refuse to vaccinate their children out of ignorance and irrational fear put them and thousands of other children at risk. You are helping to feed this medieval paranoia, and share that guilt.

      • KarmaEnforcer says:

        Alex IGNORANCE IS BLISS!??. You CANNOT tell the parents with children that are victims of your right wing capitalistic republican tyrant traitors that they are not experiencing the hardship, heartache, betrayal,helplessness and lies from your white coat MediSINal Medical Devils! Ever heard of pantomimes? I can see them right in the Neurologists and Doctors eyes when they lie strait to my face about my Son! They are paid to deny. My sons school has given him “a diagnoses for school purposes” yet the Death merchant doctors and Neurologist WILL NOT give him any diagnoses (“Too early to tell”, he’s eight years old!). Thus eliminating ANY programs that could help him. So ALEX, kindly stick your ignorant unfounded opinion’s where the sun don’t shine!!!!!


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