Posted By: gerrylWhat annoys me about the anti-vaccine group is that if our kids weren't vaccinated, the measles would be even more widespread. If their kid got as ill as kids used to before the vaccinations, I think they would reconsider. Blindness, and death were not unusual. There were many ghastly illnesses that have been almost eradicated because of the numerous vaccinations that have been developed.
Posted By: susan1014One of the local pediatricians wrote a compelling essay on this recently, I think in Motherhood (the free local magazine).
Posted By: metaphysicianwhy rush to give them one shortly after birth for a disease transmitted only by sex or IV drug use ? Doesn't make sense to me, and this comes from someone who participated in the original testing program for it.
Posted By: malphigianThey caught it from either another family member or someone else who comes in contact with the child. Because the disease can be transmitted by casual contact, and because many people who are infected with hepatitis B virus don't know that they have it, it is virtually impossible to be "careful enough" to avoid this infection.
Posted By: lurker The identical twin studies show that autism is heavily determined by genes. Why then is it so much more prevalent? Well, that's the big question. Duplication of those genes in the course of reproduction is possible. I think we really don't know. I've always considered the MMR vaccine controversy to be an enormous distraction
Posted By: malphigianBumping this old thread because there's been some big recent news. The only study to ever show any correlation between autism and the MMR vaccine was one published in 1998 by Dr. Andrew Wakefield. It turns out Dr. Wakefieldmay have fixed his data. This is aside from the fact that the study was already weak since it was based on a sample size of12. If this turns out to be true, I hope they figure out a way to put him in jail. ... snip ...
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