Originally Posted by AbbyGrant
Danish children still get quite a few vaccines and many at time very early in life, so if they have a really low autism rate, I don't think that really indicates vaccines cause autism. Their current schedule for young children is:
DTaP, Hib, IPV, and PCV at 3,5, and 12 months
MMR at 15 months and 4 years
IPV and dTaP at 5 years
edited for numerous typos and messiness because I'm too sleepy to be posting...goodnight
I don't agree. Compared to the US schedule, Danish children get FAR fewer vaccines (US gives literally 3 times as many vaccines to children 5 and under), and they get them significantly later (beginning at 3 months rather than at birth--that is significantly later in terms of body weight, brain development, digestive system development, and immune system development). In addition, they do not get the hepatitis B vaccine, which is given at birth to US babies, and which IS linked with autism in at least one study http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21058170)
Doesn't this indicate that vaccines may indeed play a significant role in the high autism rate in the US?
I also think it makes a significant difference which vaccines are given, and what is in them, not just how many. We are told that autism rates continued to rise when the MMR was removed from the Japanese schedule, but we weren't told what OTHER vaccines were added to the schedule at the same time.
http://childhealthsafety.wordpress.com/2009/06/03/japvaxautism/ ("Japanese and British Data Show Vaccines Cause Autism")
"The paper shows, when corrected with the missing data, Autistic Spectrum Disorder numbers increased and decreased in direct proportion to the total number of children vaccinated.We see here not just evidence of dechallenges and rechallengesbut a “dose-response” relationship on a population level.
A dose-response relationship on a population level is rare if not unprecedented. The close numerical correspondence seen here is usually not found. This is conclusive evidence of a causal association."
Do you think there is a difference in meaning between "vaccines cause autism" and "vaccines trigger autism in a significant subgroup?"
Edited by Taximom5 - 4/23/12 at 7:46am