I have been going back and forth on posting this, but here we go.
There seems to be a big debate going on as to whether or not immunizations lead to autism in children. Personally, I never thought that could be the case. I am researching it, and I still do not believe immunizations lead to autism. My thoughts? Children seem to be exposed to television and other such flashing, constantly changing images much earlier. I think it is too early, and this is what is doing more damage to kids. Their little brains must develop, and there we go bombarding them with an overload of information. It is no wonder some systems seem to malfunction a bit. Although, I have known kids with autism. They just function differently, but typically, they are all wonderfully intelligent children.
Granted, my idea that autism is caused more by TV and such (or those very popular babies' videos...which I will leave unnamed), is just my own theory. It does make sense, in my mind however.
A friend's pediatrician actually said that the researchers who orginally stated immunizations lead to autism had a duel interest, and therefore, the research study left much to be desired. For more information, from sources I find credible, check out the following links:
Is there a connection between autism and childhood vaccines?
Researchers haven't found a connection between autism and childhood vaccines. Although signs of autism may appear at about the same time children receive certain vaccines — such as the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine — this is simply a coincidence. -- Mayo clinic
Many studies have looked at whether there is a relationship between vaccines and autism. The weight of the evidence indicates that vaccines are not associated with autism. But CDC knows that some parents and others may still have concerns about this issue. -- Center for Disease Control
CDC Studies on Vaccines and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Thimerosal is a mercury-containing preservative used in some vaccines and other products since the 1930s. There is no convincing scientific evidence of harm caused by the low doses of thimerosal in vaccines, except for minor reactions like redness and swelling at the injection site. However, in July 1999, the Public Health Service agencies, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and vaccine manufacturers agreed that thimerosal should be reduced or eliminated in vaccines as a precautionary measure. -- CDC
In the end, I believe it is up to individuals to decide what is best for themselves and their children. And, I do know there are some folks who would totally disagree with all of this. That's fine too, differences make the world a better place.
**For a GREAT post speaking out against immunizations, please click here.