Childhood Vaccination Exemptions Rise in Connecticut

Some Connecticut parents worry of a link between vaccines and autism, though no evidence supports such a theory, according to several experts.


Some of the 1,056 Connecticut children vaccination exemptions from last year were related to parental worry that these vaccines could be linked to autism and other health problems in children, according to a Connecticut Post article.

Exemptions Increase by 127 Percent

The number of children exempted from vaccines in 2011 is an increase of 127 percent from 2003, when the state recorded 465 such exemptions.

Some doctors in Connecticut have expressed concern about the rise in exemptions.

"If you have more and more kids not getting vaccinated, then you have more and more of a pool for illness to take hold," Dr. Robert Chessin, a pediatrician at Pediatric Healthcare Associates in Bridgeport and Shelton, told The Post.

Health officials in Connecticut . Instances of the disease are on the rise. 

'No Differences'

According to research findings by Dr. Youta Uno of the Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, "Each study demonstrated no differences between ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) cases and controls, failing to support a conclusion that immunization using MMR (Measles, Mumps,. & Rubella vaccines) increases the risk of ASD onset." 

The Wakefield Study

Dr. Andrew Wakefield was stripped of his British medical license after pubishing a study linking autism to childhood vaccines in 1998, according to CNN.

Other studies were unable to reproduce Wakefield's results and an investigation into his findings allegedly discovered that Wakefield misrepresented or altered the medical histories of all 12 of the patients in his study.

Pediatric neurologist Dr. Max Wiznitzer noted, "Unfortunately, (Wakefield's) core group of supporters is not going to let the facts dissuade their beliefs that MMR causes autism."

Suzanne Letso, director of the Connecticut Center for Child Development, a non-profit school in Milford for children with autism, noted in a 2011 Hartford Courant piece about Wakefield, "The people who are already believing that this has had an effect aren't going to be dissuaded by this," Letso said.

Generation Rescue

Generation Rescue, an organization formed by actress/activist Jenny McCarthy, has expressed concern about the possible link between autism and vaccination, discussing a vaccine court created by the U.S. government in 1986:

In the "Vaccine Court," the burden of proof lays squarely on the claimant. In other words, a family must show a clear causal connection between a vaccination and its adverse effects.

The piece continues: 

But the autism community has still persevered, and compelled the court to acknowledge the link between their children's autism diagnoses and vaccinations' environmental triggers.

Generation Rescue's website does not immediately cite sources for this information.

'Alleged Ties'

In an editorial for Modern Health Care, David May wrote:

Ongoing fears over the alleged ties between childhood immunizations and the incidence of autism also play into the growing numbers of vaccination opt-outs -- despite study after study showing no linkage and discrediting previous claims.

In closing, May added, "Even when we're not talking specifically about needles and vaccines, trust in science still provides the best chance to make progress in solving our problems."

Anne Dachel September 07, 2012 at 05:09 PM
It was the late Dr. Bernadine Healy, former head of the National Institutes of Health, who went on CBS News http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-500803_162-4090144-500803.html in 2008 and said that the vaccine-autism question is still open. She said we need to look at the children who got sick---the ones who were born healthy and were developing normally until they suddenly and dramatically regressed into autism following routine vaccinations. No one is willing to do that. Instead NIH is providing $100 million in grant money at look at the genetics of autism and just about anything else--except vaccines. Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism http://www.ageofautism.com/
Anne Dachel September 07, 2012 at 05:11 PM
The short trailer to the movie The Greater Good on their website http://www.greatergoodmovie.org/experts-in-the-field makes it clear that there are experts on both sides and a lot of serious questions that need to be asked. The medical community and health officials promote vaccines as the greatest achievement in modern medicine yet there is growing fear over vaccine side effects. Also see the National Vaccine Information Center http://www.nvic.org/, Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism http://www.ageofautism.com/
Anne Dachel September 07, 2012 at 05:11 PM
HDNet TV exposed the fact that while health officials continue to tell us studies show no link, the federal government has paid out millions of dollars for compensation for vaccine injuries that included autism. Seeing these children who were born healthy and were suddenly and dramatically affected by their vaccinations should give us all pause. http://www.ebcala.org/news/video Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism http://www.ageofautism.com/
Anne Dachel September 07, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Medical experts at Health and Human Services conceded the vaccine damage case of Hannah Poling. She's the young Georgia girl who regressed into autism following routine vaccinations. CBS News ran the story: Family to Receive $1.5M+ in First-Ever Vaccine-Autism Court Award. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31727_162-20015982-10391695.html Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism http://www.ageofautism.com/
Anne Dachel September 07, 2012 at 05:12 PM
For far too long we've allowed the agency (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) that approves, recommends, and vigorously promotes vaccines to also be in charge of vaccine safety. The CDC is also the place where hundreds of individuals have conflict waivers because of their direct financial ties to the vaccine makers. The last head of the CDC, Dr. Julie Gerberding, a long time denier of any link between vaccines and autism, is now the head of the vaccine division at Merck. In 2008 CBS News ran the story, How Independent Are Vaccine Defenders? http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-500690_162-4296175.html Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism http://www.ageofautism.com/
Anne Dachel September 07, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Leslie Manookian, producer of the epic new film, The Greater Good http://www.greatergoodmovie.org/, was interviewed by Darrin McBreen on June 29, 2012. She spoke at length about her film on Infowars Nightly News. (It's about 25 minutes) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9qL6lkaZHk Leslie Manookian's interview begins 37 min into the show. Transcript: http://annedachel.com/2012/06/30/5772/ Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism http://www.ageofautism.com/


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