Green the Vaccine March

June 6, 2008 Kyron 5 Comments

Well I missed the interview in the summer chaos that is our home but found a write up on it on the Good Morning America/ABC News website. Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey were interviewed on Wednejenny jim kids Green the Vaccine Marchsday’s show before they took to the streets of Washington DC to March on Washington with several thousand supporters to ask for support in both “greening” vaccines as well as reviewing the current vaccine schedule for children.

Let me make it very clear from the outset, popular or not, I am vehemently opposed to those who feel that the potential for autism is justification for withholding any and all vaccines from their children. I feel it is irresponsible parenting and irresponsible citizenship. I’d rather have my child here and autistic than dead from pertussis or measles or mumps or any of the other things vaccines protect our children and the population as a whole from. I am sure at this point some of you are saying but you just don’t understand what having an autistic child is like!!! You’d be right. I don’t know the full weight of it. I do know the behavioral aspect of it pretty sufficiently even if Katherine isn’t autistic. I wouldn’t wish autism or it’s devastating effects on any child or their family. I do not believe however that the scientific evidence currently shows conclusively that vaccines are the cause of autism. I do however believe that there are certain correlations that need far more investigation than they have gotten. I also believe that you can’t have the group that says to you “vaccines are good, and important” (CDC) being the ones responsible for investigating if maybe they were wrong….maybe something was missed….obviously the problem is not global but SOME kids may very well be having reactions to the vaccines. What makes those kids different from the ones that do? It’s sure as heck worth investigating further.

The argument that I felt particularly compelling from this march was the schedule of vaccinations. The basics of the proposal seem to be that rather than skipping immunizations that in addition to removing the remaining thimerosal from the vaccines and extending the vaccination schedule so children and their small bodies are given additional time in between vaccinations to recover and regain strength so that their immune system is ready to fight with the next vaccination. Maybe it won’t do any good – and I am not a doctor – but the benefits of investigating this as a possible method to understanding if the vaccination schedule has some relationship to the increase in autism certainly seems reasonable and responsible.

My son is 2 3/4 years old. Our family is blessed. My son is in the 149 out of 150 who has not developed autism. I know that when he was an infant though I prayed after every vaccination. I know that Katherine had seizures a couple of times when the vaccination spiked a fever. I can’t imagine what it would be to give a vaccine and to “lose” the child you had once known to something like autism. I couldn’t imagine that any more than someone could imagine what it is like to have someone tell you that your child has had a massive stroke and may never walk or talk. You just can’t know unless you’ve experienced it first hand. He had the same vaccines. What is the difference between him and my friend’s son who was diagnosed with Aspergers? Who knows?? Certainly not the medical profession.

I can’t help but feel that for a condition which everyone seems to agree affects approximately 1 in 150 children that more people in the medical community aren’t alarmed and aggressively pursuing answers, treatments and better yet, cures? It certainly seems that none of the suggestions I’ve heard or read about from this Green the Vaccine March would be irresponsible.

I am surprised at how little coverage this March seems to have gotten. There has been speculation that there has been pressure brought to bear on the networks and other news outlets to overlook covering this event because of some fear that it would lead to widespread vaccination moratoriums by panic stricken parents. I hope to heavens sake that I am just naive in thinking that we still enjoy freedom of the press. It seems to me that anyone who actually thinks that withholding information in that manner or being unwilling to engage in debate and discussion would think that a parent wouldn’t view that with the very real suspicion it deserves. I never met a topic that couldn’t benefit from healthy, respectful debate. Respectful of course being the operative word. You don’t have to like a persons position to be respectful that there is someone who has an opinion other than your own icon smile Green the Vaccine March

The reality is we have far too many children suffering and there must be a reason. It’s imperative that the debate keeps autism in front of people so that we can continue to push for research and answers. Unfortunately, children are not voters. We need to remind those in power that for every child with autism there is a mother, a father, a grandmother, a grandfather, an aunt, an uncle, a cousin and on and on who will vote on their behalf. We are our children’s best advocates. Whether you subscribe to one side of the debate or the other everyone can agree that answers need to be found and found now.

Thanks to TACA (Talk About Curing Autism), The Huffington Post, and Barbara Fischkin at the Huffington Post

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Currently there are "5 comments" on this Article:

  1. Stacey says:

    Thank you …Thank you !!! Well written—
    When my son started to have issues (In my opinion)
    at about 9 months old I was convinced it was Autism— then I did a bunch of research– and now I know it isn’t/wasn’t Autism–
    That being said, I think that we do need to change and investigate how,and when we give these kids their vaccinations–
    The CDC is not always about protecting EACH child– more often then not they want to protect all kids… —
    There has got to be another way?
    Let’s learn to value our kids, for who they are– and be cautious about everything!
    sorry for my ~ rant

  2. Ekie says:

    As an adult on the spectrum, I must respectfully disagree with you. Millions of children the world over are suffering from lack of clean drinking water, food, and access to health care, and many of those children are in the US. Part of living in a democracy means that we give up things personally in order so that the entire population can benefit. When you look at the big picture, vaccines are a tremendously successful scientific breakthrough, and I’ve known people with polio and plenty of people with ASD’s, and I’d much, much rather have the ASD than polio or smallpox or measles (which is on the rise due to parents who are afraid of their kids getting autism if they vaccinate them.) Also, we don’t actually have evidence that the incidence of autism is any less in less-economically-developed countries – it’s just that autism-like behaviors may be more accepted (or ignored) in some cultures, and also that, y’know, when you’re trying to not starve to death you don’t have time to sign your kid up for Floortime.

    I’m open for debate. I just wish that during the debate, people would stop telling me and my friends how much we’re suffering. I’ve got food in my stomach, a roof over my head, access to doctors…….who am I to complain when so much of the world is dying of natural disasters/evil dictators/our own misguided foreign policy? I wish that people would think about things in the global schema.

    (Sorry if this offended you or anyone else. I hope it did not. I really didn’t mean to. Please email me if you’d like to continue this discussion.)

  3. Kyron says:

    Ekie,

    A open forum here as long as the debate is respectful. I just don’t want bashing and name calling of which I don’t feel you did either. I truly appreciate input from others, especially someone like you who would have a opinion framed by your individual experience. Thank you so much for putting a different perspective on the debate! Welcome and I hope you’ll continue to contribute from a perspective we can all learn from.

    ~Kyron

  4. judy says:

    I didn’t get to read all comments so if I repeat someones ideas – sorry. just wanted to say that my daughter showed no problem until 4 months aft mmr vac given in1995- which i found out years later used a binding agent of mercury to allow the cost saving of using one shot vs 3 safe but seperate shots. i wish i had known i had a choice,,,i am not a dr but i know mercury is bad for the brain. the cost of that shortcut we will never know! she is 18 now and they stole her childhood and teen years -what a waste – and thats only one life…..it is epedemic no doubt

  5. judy says:

    I am around more of the teenagers with autistic syndromes. My city has only one very nice, but small place for them to gather and socialize. It would be nice to see more places where they can still be teens, not adult daycare forums, but they need funding from all the moneys coming in to help in all aspects of these issues. The ones that help these kids feel that they have a place to go. check out the website BensPlaceJacksonville fl.

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