The Facts about Autism and Vaccines

Researchers are trying to determine the causes for Autism.  With the numbers of children diagnosed rising each year we need to determine the reasons why.  There have been studies looking at genetic factors and environmental factors.  One study identified more than 20 genes that may be responsible.  While it narrows down the possible causes, there is still much to be learned.
We can say, with certainty, vaccines do not cause Autism.  One study published in 1998 did so much damage to public health and the public’s perception of vaccines.  The paper was discredited and the physician lost his medical license, but the corruption of the image of vaccines, the MMR in particular, continues.
Please take seven minutes and fifty-six seconds from your day to watch this video.
It summarizes the research that disproves the MMR and Autism debate.  It illustrates the dangers that follow poorly done research.  It has links to all of the follow up studies that have been done in large part to support the continued vaccination of children to prevent Measles, Mumps, and Rubella.
I urge you to discuss concerns regarding vaccines with your pediatrician.  They are highly trained individuals who have a wealth of knowledge on this topic.  They also know your child specifically so they can answer questions that surfing the internet cannot.
Educate and vaccinate!
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Joyeux Parenting

I am the proud mother of two beautiful children and have lived in Boston for most of my life. I have over twenty years of experience as a Child Development Specialist working with new families, pediatricians at Mass General Hospital, and Early Intervention. I have a wealth of knowledge and expertise regarding the challenges related to breastfeeding, behavior management, picky eaters, discipline, sleep, and development. I love being a wife and mother and sharing my experiences-the good, the bad, and the ugly. I am constantly learning about new evidence based information as it relates to parenting. Most importantly, I think it is crucial to recognize that we all make mistakes and learn from them. I am a firm believer that humor is essential as you navigate the world. Parenting should be full of joy and that is why I started my business Joyeux Parenting. Thank you for allowing me to share my experiences with you.

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