06 March 2008

Noteworthy Debate Heats Up

Do childhood vaccinations cause or contribute to autism? That's the hot-button question of the nation — and tonight, you can learn more about about this topic that's at the center of a case involving an Atlanta girl.

Tune in to CNN at 9pm for a Larry King Live exclusive with the 9-year-old girl and her family, who are challenging medical and government experts.

Let us know what you think! Send your thoughts to editorial@dallaschild.com.

1 comment:

Leigh said...

As a local mom dealing with an Autism Spectrum Disorder every day, I'm thrilled to see that DallasChild is "in tune" with what's happening in the ASD realm. Many parents living with ASDs believe wholeheartedly that vaccines played a role in their child's development and/or progression of Autism. The case in Atlanta is a welcome acknowledgement for all of those families.

Our son's Asperger's Syndrome is a very mild form of Autism, but it affects our lives in a big way each and every day. He requires Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy and Social Skills Therapy on a weekly basis!

I DO believe that the full CDC recommended schedule of vaccines contributed to our son's ASD. We have medical lab-tests to prove mercury toxicity detected in his 5-year-old system! However, I DON'T believe that vaccines are the ONLY thing that triggered and progressed his particular Autism Spectrum Disorder; they were certainly a primary factor, though.

If I had another child today, I would take vaccinations MUCH slower, and use an abbreviated schedule. Based on my extensive research and reading since our son was diagnosed with AS, I've found that there are far too many vaccinations given much too quickly to our precious babies and tots. Some of their little systems just can't handle it and truly require a more individualized vaccination schedule.

Our son would've benefitted from a schedule other than the CDC's one-size-fits-all version. I wish I knew then what I know now--there are other options!

I hope other parents understand that they have a choice . . . the CDC has developed a "recommended" schedule but it is simply that--a recommendation. Slowing delivery of vaccinations (especially when your child has a cold, a fever, an ear infection, or is otherwise under the weather) could save your child from unnecessary difficulties later in life. And, rather than giving X-number of vaccines to catch-up after your child has been ill, take it slow--just push your child's schedule back a few months. Why? . . .

The little girl in Atlanta was given 9 vaccinations in ONE doctor's visit because she had been sick during the previous vaccination visit. Her little body simply couldn't take the assault of 9 in one day. Shortly thereafter she regressed into Autism.

Be safe--not sorry--is my motto when it comes to vaccinations.

Leigh Attaway Wilcox
Frisco Mother of 5yo boy with Asperger's Syndrome + Sensory Processing Disorder