Dr. Geri Dawson of Autism Speaks on the Vaccine Question
Posted Jul 30 2009 12:00am
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Let me start out by asking the question that seems to be on many people's minds – Do vaccines cause autism?
Parents often look to environmental factors to explain their child's autism, and they often have questions about the possible role of vaccines. Most scientists agree that autism is caused by a combination of genetic susceptibilities which interact with environmental risk factors. We have discovered some of the risk genes for autism, but we still know little about the potential environmental triggers. We also have come to understand that there are many causes of autism, and that any one cause will likely only explain a minority of cases. Piece by piece, we must discover each of these causesso that effective treatments and prevention will be possible.