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Verdict is In on MMR Vaccine Safety

Verdict is In on MMR Vaccine Safety

The MMR vaccine does NOT cause autism. At least the evidence presented was not strong enough to sway a special court last week.

These cases revolved around the theory that the MMR vaccine plus other shots were the trigger for autism. Still pending are cases that argue that vaccines that once contained mercury may have caused autism if the mercury reached and damaged brain cells, and cases that argue that the MMR vaccine alone is to blame. 

Controversy over the MMR vaccine/autism link has been raging for years, and will continue to cause anxiety for some parents.

The MMR is one vaccine designed to prevent three serious and potentially deadly contagious diseases–measles, mumps, and rubella, otherwise known as German measles. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that the MMR be given to infants between 12-15 months, and a second dose before age 6.

Public schools in the United States require proof of MMR and other vaccinations before a child may enter school. The good news is that the incidence of previously common childhood diseases have fallen considerably due to the availability of vaccines.

That’s part of the reason for our complacency. We’ve lost sight of the horrific nature of these diseases and when it comes to communicable diseases, we all have a stake in the matter. So with fears about vaccines on the rise, some preventable diseases are as well.

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, vaccine-preventable diseases include:

Anthrax
Cervical Cancer
Diphtheria
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
Influenza (Flu)
Japanese Encephalitis (JE)
Lyme Disease
Measles
Meningococcal
Monkeypox
Mumps
Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
Pneumococcal
Poliomyelitis (Polio)
Rabies
Rotavirus
Rubella (German Measles)
Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
Smallpox
Tetanus (Lockjaw)
Tuberculosis
Typhoid Fever
Varicella (Chickenpox)
Yellow Fever

Nobody wants to see a resurgence of these previously common horrors. Nor do parents want to be responsible for causing autism.

Parents must make difficult decisions; often with no clear-cut answers. We educate ourselves, we weigh the evidence, and we do the best we can. Those childhood vaccinations we so take for granted have forever changed the landscape and saved us from needless suffering and loss.

So the questions is this… should parents be forced to vaccinate their children against their wishes? Take the poll and voice your opinion below.

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7:07AM PST on Mar 4, 2009

I would like to have the choice and if they take it away, the goverment, FDA and and Big pharma should be responsible and accountable. I do have mixed feelings on them becuase some diseases our deadly and just from history alone we can see mmr has helped alot. My kids have had the shots, with no problems ( thank God ) but at the time I was not aware of all these problems attached to them. I also blame the Doctors because they also pocket the money and never say what the side effects are. They are suppose to be the care giver. I have noticed there is alot Doctors dont tell you while they rush you out the door.

5:51AM PST on Feb 25, 2009

Bunch of gov't trusting idiots ->
http://www.whale.to/a/medical_mafia.html

11:56PM PST on Feb 22, 2009

We in Western Europe have completely forgotten the dreadful effects of certain basic diseasis that before killed millions of infants - wheter rich or poor - and still kills children in for instance Africa. Without the lifesaving vaccines against for example whooping cough, diphteria, tetanus (lockjaw), polio a.s.o. our lives would be completely different. Thanks to these vaccines we have the luxoury to say no to vaccines as most people in Europe have been vaccinated. But that day when people start skipping the basic shots "hell"will be loose. There are of course some shots that I find not so necessary, for instance against chickenpox, as it isn't a life threating disease for a toddler. On the other hand it is an important shot for children >10 yrs and adults who haven't had chicken pox as small. Having this illness as grown-up can give very severe side effects.

7:33AM PST on Feb 21, 2009

Um, there are a hell of a lot more vaccines in the CDC recommended immunization schedule than just MMR. The schedule was 10 vaccines before the age of 5 in 1984. It's now 48 doses of 14 vaccines before the age of 6.

Know how many long-term studies have been done on the entire schedule for safety? None.

And does someone want to tell me why the U.S. is advocating that HepB be administered to all newborns within the first hour of life if only mothers who have it *may* pass it on in childbirth? (The only other way you're going to get it is thru IV drug use or sexual contact, and neither activity do infants engage in, last time I checked.)

And cervical cancer... The number of women who died in 2005 from cervical cancer was 3,924. As of Oct. 8 in '08, the population of U.S. women was 154,700,000. If we use that same '05 mortality statistic, that's 0.0025% of the U.S. female population at risk -- yet states are adding Gardasil to the schedule for ALL young women (not to mention it's mandatory for any woman wanting a green card -- oh, and it's soon to be administered to boys, now... watch out for your cervix, fellas).

To not be aware of *misinformation*, to make vaccination decisions without having complete info or reviewing details, and to blindly accept state-wide vaccination policies that have been fostered from whispering lobbyists of pharmaceutical companies is more "head in the sand," in my opinion.

10:58PM PST on Feb 20, 2009

Les, obviously you are not a scientist. You are just mouthing what you have been told. There are no good "controlled studies" on this issue. There are, however, large numbers of families that have been devastated.

3:12AM PST on Feb 20, 2009

The comments here demonstrate graphically that there is not much one can do about people who simply refuse to understand what evidence is, and indeed grossly distort the truth. MMR vaccine does not have mercury in it. There is NO evidence of serious harm caused by thimerosal amyway. The court decision did not pivot on the opinion of experts, but on the overwhelming body of evidence from many strictly controlled studies which all agree with each other (and were independent of drug companies). Keep your head in the sand if you like but don't try telling me that black is white. For heaven's sake, the MMR/autism story is dead, because it has been researched to death.

10:28PM PST on Feb 19, 2009

No thank you to vaccines for my kids. I did at first but STOPPED as I read & further researched into what is in vaccines (animal,example:monkey DNA!, & so much other things that do NOT belong in our bodies)...the vaccines actually dissable our natural immune systems & create more possiblilities for disease in many forms. I know ssoo many parents who rather just vaccinate their kids because they think its the safest thing or dont want to rock the boat or seem like they dont care about their child (due to the tremendous pressure to "just do it", I on theother hand DO NOT allow further pharmasudicals(sorry 'bout my spelling here,lol) into my boys bodies as i care so much for them & want only the best for them & I am making the right choice (after much research) in keeping them free of any further vaccinations. ^_^

2:43PM PST on Feb 19, 2009

I only had the mmr for my kids when they had all reached 5 yrs old. It was traumatic as they didn't remember any of the vaccinations as babies and I had to get one of them out from under a chair! I had mumps as a 9 yr old and it was painful. But I do believe that little tiny babies autoimmune systems should not be invaded by a vaccine which has mercury preserving it. Why poison your kids? Why bombard a new system with disease antigens before they have developed their own resistance network? I have worked with autistic children and it is hard to see your beautiful child trapped in another world. I believe that there is a possiblity that some are genetically predispositioned to autism, it is age-related and something has to trigger it. This is perhaps where this fear of the MMR has originated. I think that is justified and more research should be carried out before we pump our children full of maybes.

2:43PM PST on Feb 19, 2009

I only had the mmr for my kids when they had all reached 5 yrs old. It was traumatic as they didn't remember any of the vaccinations as babies and I had to get one of them out from under a chair! I had mumps as a 9 yr old and it was painful. But I do believe that little tiny babies autoimmune systems should not be invaded by a vaccine which has mercury preserving it. Why poison your kids? Why bombard a new system with disease antigens before they have developed their own resistance network? I have worked with autistic children and it is hard to see your beautiful child trapped in another world. I believe that there is a possiblity that some are genetically predispositioned to autism, it is age-related and something has to trigger it. This is perhaps where this fear of the MMR has originated. I think that is justified and more research should be carried out before we pump our children full of maybes.

2:42PM PST on Feb 19, 2009

I only had the mmr for my kids when they had all reached 5 yrs old. It was traumatic as they didn't remember any of the vaccinations as babies and I had to get one of them out from under a chair! I had mumps as a 9 yr old and it was painful. But I do believe that little tiny babies autoimmune systems should not be invaded by a vaccine which has mercury preserving it. Why poison your kids? Why bombard a new system with disease antigens before they have developed their own resistance network? I have worked with autistic children and it is hard to see your beautiful child trapped in another world. I believe that there is a possiblity that some are genetically predispositioned to autism, it is age-related and something has to trigger it. This is perhaps where this fear of the MMR has originated. I think that is justified and more research should be carried out before we pump our children full of maybes.

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