By Marcella Piper-Terry
There has been a lot of arguing going on. There’s always a lot of arguing between the two camps in autism, but over the last couple of days it’s been worse. At least that’s my impression. I have some theories about why things are so heated right now, but that’s another note.
As I was reading through the comments on my note “Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism,” I was thinking in particular about the things that divide us as parents. The vaccine issue is huge. It is certainly not the only issue, but it seems to be the one that causes the most emotional upset, to the point where intelligent adults start acting like a bunch of unsupervised third-graders.
There is a multitude of issues regarding vaccines. Probably the biggest issue, as it relates to autism and other neurodevelopmental, immunological, gastrointestinal disorders is the overwhelming number and concentration in the ever-growing childhood schedule.
In 1983, this was the childhood vaccine schedule: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/images/schedule1983s.jpg
In 1989, this was the childhood vaccine schedule: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/images/schedule1989s.jpg
In 1994, this was the childhood vaccine schedule: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/images/schedule1994s.jpg
The explosion of sick kids began in the early 1990s. Looking at the difference in the vaccine schedules, we can see that this time frame coincides with the addition of the Hepatitis B vaccine. Recent studies have shown that any immunity conferred by the hep B vaccine series is gone within 2-5 years. Another recent study found that boys who were vaccinated against Hepatitis B were three times more likely to develop autism than boys who were not vaccinated against Hepatitis B. Hep B is a sexually transmitted disease. Infants and toddlers usually aren’t out running around having sex, so there is no justification in giving this vaccine.
The childhood vaccine schedule has continued to increase in size and complexity over the last 16 years.