As a behavioral therapist specializing in kiddies with autism one subject that gets brought up alot is the vaccine debate, specifically the MMR shot and it's supposed link to autism
Autism is a neuro- developmental disorder that is on the rise. I believe that statistics have gone from every 1 in 150 kiddo will have autism and now it's closer to 1/90. For boys it's 1/3. In fact a billboard display quoted that every 60 minutes a child will be diagnosed with autism.
Along with an increase in diagnoses comes with it a need to find a cure or treatment for this disorder. And also a blame to place upon this disease
I'm sure many of you have heard about Jenny McCarthy and her sons cure from autism. Jenny blamed the ingredients in certain vaccines on her sons diagnoses. Some doctors and professionals agree and others don't. I have heard from parents their accounts of their children being fun, lovable, socially motivated two year olds with a vocabulary of about 20-30 words. Many of them stated within days of the MMR shot their children became shells, locked in their own worlds.
This blame on vaccines led to some parents not vaccinating their children and some reported deaths across the country. I've seen arguments and debates about vaccines and autism on the news, in magazines and even on facebook. No one knows what to think
I have parents ask me if they should vaccinate their children which of course I never answer. I am still on the fence myself about vaccines and their supposed link.
And so I thought it would be interesting to ask this parents out there what they feel about vaccines. Should they be spaced apart, not given or given.
And let's keep this friendly everyone.
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