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Autism Awareness: Autism and Vaccines

Autism Awareness: Autism and Vaccines

Welcome to my Autism Awareness Parent Interview Series! During these interviews, we will cover a specific theme regarding autism awareness. Our theme this week is Autism Awareness: Autism and Vaccines. 

Now I present to you Eddie who is the father of a wonderful six-year old boy named Donnivin.

Miz Kp: What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of autism awareness?

Eddie: There is not enough being done to spread awareness throughout the country.

Miz Kp: How old was your son when he was diagnosed with autism? How old is he now?

Eddie: He was about 22-months old. He is six-years old now.

Miz Kp: Did you vaccinate your son?

Eddie: Yes.

Miz Kp: Did you follow the regular vaccination schedule or did you alter it?

Eddie: Yes. We didn’t feel a need to alter the schedule.

 Miz Kp: What effect if any did vaccinations have on your son?

Eddie: The vaccinations had no effect on my son.

Miz Kp: What is your take on the autism-vaccine controversy?

Eddie: I don’t believe that vaccines cause autism or it would be more prevalent. If vaccines did have anything to do with causing autism, it would be in combination with something genetic or environmental. I believe ALL children should be vaccinated.

Miz Kp: Do you think that celebrities speaking out for or against vaccinations help or hinder autism awareness?

Eddie: As the old adage says, “any publicity is good publicity.” If you agree or disagree, at the very least it gets people talking about autism.

Miz Kp: What advice can you give to parents of younger children who are hesitant to get them vaccinated?

Eddie: There is no research that proves autism is linked to vaccinations, so I believe all children should be vaccinated.

Miz Kp: What would you like to see done differently for Autism Awareness Month 2014?

Eddie: I would like for it to become just autism awareness and not be confided to a month.

Please show your support for Eddie in the comments and share your take on autism and vaccines. HAPPY WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY!  Stay tuned for our next interview.

Sincerely,

Miz Kp

 

Miz Kp
Written by Miz Kp

3 Comment responses

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    April 02, 2014

    I am truly conflicted concerning the theory on vaccines and autism. What irks me alot is when other people, either professionals or non-professionals known to me make ignorant comments. I will paraphrase a few: “do not give any vaccines to your son. These vaccines cause autism. I can show you the information or bring you the book.” Being a parent means you have to make decisions in the best interest of the child knowing what the family household has to deal with on a daily basis. Meaning, an outsider does not know what the family household has to deal with on a daily basis. This was an eye opener, and my take on this is to simply educate all on the topic of autism and keep an open awareness on the subject matter.

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    April 02, 2014

    This is definitely a touchy subject. Just as it hasn’t been proven that vaccines cause autism, it also hasn’t been proven that they have not…whatever is causing it, we need to get down to the bottom of it. The most important thing is that we get concrete answers.

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      April 03, 2014

      We do need answers and at this point there are no easy ones. I do not think that vaccines caused autism in my son but I know that some parents do. For every parent who says their child regressed after getting vaccinated there is another parent who says it made no difference. I know as a parent of a child who already has autism, I am more concerned about getting support and resources for him.

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