"Anderson recommends that parents keep records of immunizations because 'every child has a different requirement.' But she added that it would not be harmful to a child if they inadvertently received shots again. That occasionally happens in SKSD, Anderson said, when children in military families come from overseas as those records often are received late.
"Children can be exempted from vaccinations through a doctor's signature. Anderson said there is a high rate of exemptions in Washington with some resulting from religious affiliation and others because of a purported link to autism.
"'They've studied that over and over again and have not found any conclusive evidence,' she said." The school nurse assures parents that if they're not sure their child was vaccinated for something---they can SAFELY get same shots over.
"Some vaccine critics such as Tocco contend that pharmaceutical companies fund scientific research that promote vaccines, causing conflicts of interest. Other criticisms have focused on vaccine efficacy and on ingredients known to be harmful such as formaldehyde. "Vaccine criticisms have roused parents nationwide, including Michigan where public and private school students must be vaccinated against diseases and medical conditions including the measles, hepatitis B, chickenpox and meningitis.
"In response to these mandates, many concerned parents have submitted philosophical-based waivers to exclude their children from immunizations. Unlike other states, Michigan health officials allow waivers based on philosophical stances in addition to medical and religious reasons." The usual spin. I posted lots and lots of comments. All links working!
"An article by Whiteout Press, titled 'Courts Quietly Confirm MMR Vaccine Causes Autism' has fueled a burning argument among the autism community.
"It says both the U.S. government and courts overseas have awarded families money for children who developed autism after vaccinations.
"U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration responded with this statement "'The government has not compensated any case based on a determination that autism, in the absence of acute neurological illness, was actually caused by vaccines. The government has compensated cases where a child showed sudden serious brain illness (called acute encephalopathy) at the time of vaccination. Some of these compensated children go on to develop long term medical and developmental problems. These problems may be the result of the brain illness or may develop for other reasons. Long term medical problems may include seizures, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, mental retardation, as well as the diagnosis of autism.'
"David Bowman, HRSA Office of Communications....
"Meena Iyer, M.D. of Dell Children's Hospital says there is no medical study that links vaccinations and autism."
"In mother Polly Tommey's mind, vaccines do cause autism."
Imagine what it would be like IF...EVERY TIME THERE WAS PIECE LIKE THIS FIFTY PEOPLE POSTED A COMMENT CALLING FOR A VAXED - UNVAXED STUDY.
The absence of this study should be the real topic of discussion here---
KTBC is to be congratulated for posting info on exemptions. I posted comments....
"And that takes us back to our beginning: This study didn't show that induction or augmentation during childbirth substantially increases the risk for autism, although it hints at a greater influence of socioeconomic status and by implication, healthcare access. If anything, based on earlier literature, it adds a slight if only mathematical confirmation of the perception that births involving autistic children can be associated with more complications, such as the presence of meconium, gestational diabetes, and fetal distress, than births involving non-autistic children. And that points to induction and augmentation as useful in these situations, not as problematic, and certainly does not affirm them as a risk."
Emily Willingham shows us just how big a mystery autism really is. It's never vaccines, but it could be anything else.