Friday, March 07, 2008

Autism Vaccine Case Concession

Lots of buzz in the medical world following the press conference on CNN yesterday where the parents of Miss Hannah Poling (Dad is an MD PhD neurologist, Mom is a nurse and attorney) discussed their daughter's immersion into autism following her 18 month shots. She received nine in one day, as part of a "catch up" schedule. Last night on Larry King, Sangay Gupta suggested that we should break up the vaccination schedule. That was a shocker. Remember, children today receive dozens of vaccinations before age 2 with the full blessing of the AAP and CDC. In fact, the AAP representative on Larry King (Harvey Karp, SUCH an unfortunate name!) said, the vaccines are bundled for convenience. Really? Convenient. Don't get me started.

You can read much more if you're so inclined at Age of Autism. There you'll find a link to the press conference, the CDC response (Autism = sad.) and more.


Kathryn said...

The other doctor who apparently thinks there IS a link between vaccines and autism did not have much to say, either. I thought the whole broadcast was dismal. That seems to be the only word I can come up with. Karp even looked kind of evil....

Amanda said...

Hmmmm, let me think, which would I rather - a few trips to the quack with baby or a life time of struggle and hassle? Convenient??? LOL!!!

Laura said...

Uggh. That show had me screaming at the TV. All the "vaccines are great! We love them!" -- even from the Polings. Blech. I was glad Gupta seems to have actually seen the sense in spreading out vaccines and realizing that parents are actually concerned about our kids when we worry about vaccine damage. No, you don't say? Karp shaking his head at Gupta when he said we may have to break up vaccines made me want to punch him in the face.

Anonymous said...

I looked this Karp guy up on the net. He writes about swaddling babies. People talk about his ego. He doesn't seem to even have any credentials in the field. What gives him the right to be the expert and tell us what to do?

parry05 said...

Question: Do you believe there is an autism epidemic in the United States?

Barack Obama: “Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the United Sates and, perhaps the world.. One in 150 children is diagnosed with ASD. These numbers can not be explained solely by increased awareness or changes to the diagnostic criteria. It is a health crisis and I will act accordingly.”

Hillary Clinton: “Yes. Today, one in 150 children are diagnosed with autism, for a total of about 25,000 each year. In sum, about 1.5 million Americans and their families are affected by autism today. This national health crisis is costing the United States at least $35 billion each year.”

John McCain: “It's indisputable that (autism) is on the rise amongst children, the question is what's causing it. And we go back and forth and there's strong evidence that indicates that it's got to do with a preservative in vaccines.”

The only candidate who says without reservation or flowery BS that autism is linked to vaccines is McCain. I found this on the Age of Autism website.
Refreshing to say the least
Mary Beth