Monday, 28 March 2011
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has adopted a five-year vaccine research agenda that finally points federally funded researchers toward studying whether vaccines cause autism.
Those in the autism community have been arguing for years now about whether vaccines might somehow cause autism, some citing studies that seem to exonerate vaccines, and others pointing out flaws in the studies. Meanwhile, anecdotal evidence is overwhelming: many, many parents report autism in their child immediately following a routine vaccination.
I along with many others have been pushing for a simple population study of autism outcomes in vaccinated vs unvaccinated groups, to settle the question. I am so glad to see the likelihood of this increasing, with the CDC’s change of stance. In the new plan, the CDC calls for convening an expert panel to determine the feasibility of studying autism in populations of children who are vaccinated and who are unvaccinated.
Just a month ago, a federal government’s autism study committee called for a shift in research priorities away from looking at genetic causes for autism toward environmental triggers. he Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) said possible triggers might include toxins, biological agents, and “adverse events following immunization.”
This shift toward looking at environmental triggers is long overdue, as well. In funding genetic research only, the government has ignored the fact that there is an epidemic (with 1 in 100 children getting an autism diagnosis), and genetics alone can’t cause epidemics.
The CDC will also authorize studies of mitochondrial dysfunction and “neurological deterioration” that may follow vaccination.
David Kirby at Huffington Post, who broke the story http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-kirby/cdc-to-study-vaccines-and_b_837360.html