Autism & Vaccines


If you don’t want to immunize your child, that’s your choice. But don’t lie to yourself and the rest of the world and say you’re preventing them from being autistic. It’s been proven that vaccines do not cause autism. As a matter of fact, more than a dozen studies have shown a link between maternal illnesses and autism. With the largest one coming out of Sweden.

In a study of more than 2 million pregnant women and their babies after birth, done in Sweden; women who got “sick” during pregnancy were 37% more likely to have a child with autism and it didn’t really seem to matter what type of illness it was. This study built off a study of 10,000 people on the spectrum in Denmark, which found the same thing, all the mothers had some sort of illness during their pregnancies.

Another study, found children in countries without routine vaccination protocols were slightly more likely to have autism than countries with vaccination protocols such as the US, Canada, UK, Sweden, etc, etc. If an unvaccinated child in Kenya is just as likely or slightly more likely to be on the spectrum than a vaccinated child in the US, then obviously vaccines are not the source of autism.

In most of Europe, the US, Canada, and Australia, the rate of autism is about 1%. Whereas in countries like Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo where vaccinations are not mandatory (or even likely) the rate of autism is about 1.2%. That number could be low though, since testing for disabilities/difficulties is also not common.

I recently read a book about autism requiring a genetic predisposition that is triggered by vaccinations, particularly the MMR. I tried not to immediately scoff at this, because Kenya and The Congo do have something in common besides vaccinations, they are Sub-Saharan Africa.

Now, in the US the rate of disabilities and learning difficulties is much higher in the African-American population than any other ethnicities. So, I had to check… does that include autism?

Guess what? It doesn’t. The rate of autism in African-American children born in the US is 1%. Same for all ethnicities in the US. Meaning it isn’t stronger in one particular ethnic group than another. You are just as likely to have an autistic child if you’re Middle Eastern, Asian, Sub-Saharan African, or white in the US. That actually rules out the possibility of it being a genetic predisposition that is triggered by a vaccine or anything really.

Studies haven’t even been able to conclusively link it to a genetic anything. People on the spectrum who have children are not more likely to have autistic children. I will say, I know several families who have more than one child with autism. But if mom has a weak immune system that actually makes a lot of sense, because there isn’t a commonality to the types of infections; you’re just as likely to have an autistic child if you catch influenza while pregnant as you are if you get strep throat. There might be one exception; urinary tract infections. The rates for autism go up to something like 1.5% when the maternal infection is a urinary tract infection and with it, there is a further increase in decreased brain activity of the affected child (which possibly means; brain damage as well as autism risks both increase with maternal UTIs).

So, if you don’t want to vaccinate your child, don’t, but don’t tell people it’s to prevent autism, because we KNOW that autism is NOT caused by vaccines and the best way to prevent autism is to get your flu shot if you’re pregnant and avoid sick people and the places they might be (pharmacies, doctor’s offices, the grocery store, etc).

5 thoughts on “Autism & Vaccines

  1. The anti-vax camp relies on information from reliable sources – (re-tweets, FB postings and likes, etc) They get their opinions from their elected and unelected leaders. They do not let fake news (science, fact, direct personal observation) cloud their opinions once formed.

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  2. Unfortunately, there are knee jerk reactions on both sides of this issue. While I don’t agree with the trend to not vaccinate your child for non-medical reasons, I also don’t agree with the medical community’s attitude of “we say it’s safe so believe us” without being willing to follow that up with information like you provided in this post. When my son was born several years ago, I had legitimate concerns about the vaccination schedule, because a family member’s daughter experienced a very traumatic adverse reaction to the MMR vaccine. However, when I asked for more detail on the likeliness of a reaction (reactions which, by the way, are clearly listed on the vaccine handout I was physically holding at the time), I was immediately shut down and told that the CDC recommended the vaccination schedule and if I wasn’t going to vaccinate my child, I was unwelcome in their office. No asking me for details on my concerns, no offer to educate me on the vaccines, no statistics supporting the vaccine or reassurances why my son was unlikely to end up on a seizure-induced coma like my cousin’s infant. We left immediately, and I frankly enjoyed telling them I had no problem being unwelcome in their office and I would be finding another doctor. If I wasn’t educated enough to keep looking into the research, and had the resources to find a medical professional that was willing to address my concerns, it is possible I would have ended up in the anti-vaxxer camp. On a side note, I find the link to maternal illness, especially UTIs, interesting. My son is considered to be on the high functioning end of the spectrum (comparable to the old designation of Aspergers), and I did have 2 UTIs while expecting.

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    1. Oh, I understand and agree with your concerns. If one of my nephews or great nephews had reacted poorly to a vaccine, I’d have concerns about it as well. And I am not trying to minimize those legitimate fears. There are kids that have horrendous reactions, which makes herd immunity even more important for those children that cannot be vaccinated (in my opinion).

      Legitimate concerns and fears should be voiced, researched, and addressed. But we have to do that while also combating the plethora of misinformation.

      You are the third person today to mention “my child is on the spectrum and I had a UTI during pregnancy.” One woman I spoke with has 3 children with varying levels of functional autism. She told me “like you, I have a chronic UTI. One of my 4 children does not have autism, and I had been placed on preventive antibiotics for chronic UTIs about a month before I got pregnant with her.”

      Which makes me feel researchers are definitely on the right track and this does seem like the most complete explanation for autism I’ve read about.

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      1. This is a very interesting read, and I will be asking my mum friends with autistic children they all have at least 1 with and 1 without. It also makes for some interesting and worrying research to come regarding coronavirus pregnancy

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