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CINCINNATI—An increasing number of Ohio parents are using religious exemptions to delay or refuse for immunizations for children amid fears that vaccines contribute to autism.
Ohio Department of Health data shows the number of religious or philosophical exemptions nearly quadrupled in Ohio between 1998 and 2008, though that figure still represents fewer than 1 in 100 children.
All states require children to be immunized for school. Most allow religious exemptions, and Ohio and 19 others also permit exemptions for personal reasons.
Parents of kids like Hannah have been fingering vaccines — and, in particular, the mercury-based vaccine preservative thimerosal — as a cause of autism for over a decade, but researchers have repeatedly failed to find a link.
What's unique about Hannah's case is that for the first time federal authorities have conceded a connection between her autistic symptoms and the vaccines she received, though the connection is by no means simple.
THE doctor who sparked the scare over the safety of the MMR vaccine for children changed and misreported results in his research, creating the appearance of a possible link with autism, a Sunday Times investigation has found.
Confidential medical documents and interviews with witnesses have established that Andrew Wakefield manipulated patients’ data, which triggered fears that the MMR triple vaccine to protect against measles, mumps and rubella was linked to the condition.
Yesterday, the United State's Vaccine Court Omnibus Autism Proceeding delivered its ruling to three families who claimed that vaccines were the cause of their children's autism. The courts ruled that "the evidence does not support the general proposition that thimerosal-containing vaccines can damage infants' immune systems," thereby ending the case the parents brought before the special court.
The ruling came down not from a single jurist on the bench, but a panel of three "special masters" who were appointed to determine if Michelle Cedillo, Colten Snyder, and William Yates Hazlehurst's autism was caused by either the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine or the vaccine preservative, thiomersal. These three families were test cases who represented more than 5,000 families that have brought cases before the special court. Each is seeking compensation under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, a no-fault program funded by a $0.75 per dose tax that is used to pay for injuries resulting from vaccinations.
The concept that the MMR vaccine can cause autism was first proposed by Andrew Wakefield, a British surgeon, and his theory was subsequently picked up by the British media and hyped across the world, causing parents to question whether or not it is in their children's best interest to get vaccinated. Even though numerous subsequent scientific studies were unable to replicate the original results, the hysteria surrounding autism and vaccines remains—to the extent that herd immunity is dropping to dangerously low levels in some areas. Today's ruling put the largest US vaccine court squarely on the side of good science.
But it seems no amount of science or regulation will dispel the suspicions. So around the same time that actress Jenny McCarthy was taking the airwaves to propagate her latest theories on vaccines and autism, newly released figures showed that there were 1,348 confirmed cases of measles in England and Wales last year - and two deaths. That compares with 56 cases in 1998, before Wakefield's paper spawned a cottage industry in fear.
As doctors struggle to eradicate polio worldwide, one of their biggest problems is persuading parents to vaccinate their children. In Belgium, authorities are resorting to an extreme measure: prison sentences.
Two sets of parents in Belgium were recently handed five-month prison terms for failing to vaccinate their children against polio. Each parent was also fined $8,000.
Originally posted by pureevil81
I am still looking into this subject for my kids, The three in one vaccines are definitely a no-no.