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Autisme et vaccins: Pourquoi je vaccine mes enfants

Merci de lire le blog en français. Veuillez excuser les erreurs de grammaire possible, je n’ai pas parlé français depuis de longues années. Merci également a I-Vaccinate pour avoir sponsorisé ce post et m’aider à partager l’importance de la vaccination pour les enfants.

Prendre des décisions en tant que maman

Quand je suis devenue maman, j’ai vite réalisé que j’allais devoir faire des choix. Beaucoup de choix. Parfois, des choix difficiles. Circoncision ou pas? Allaiter ou utiliser du lait enfantin? Partager un lit ou non? Porte-bébé ou poussette? Certaines de ces décisions sont simplement un choix basé sur un style parental, mais certains choix peuvent avoir des conséquences durables et importantes. La vaccination est l’un d’entre eux. Récemment, j’ai appris que le Michigan a un des taux de vaccination les plus bas des Etats-Unis, ce qui m’a vraiment surpries:

Au Michigan, presque la moitié des parents d’enfants en bas âge choisissent de retarder la vaccination ou les sautent completement. Seulement 56,2% des tout-petits habitant au Michigan sont à jour sur toutes leurs vaccinations recommandées. (Source: Michigan Care Improvement Registry, décembre 2017)

My face when I found out about the low immunization rate in Michigan

Les vaccins causent-ils l’autisme?

En tant que mère autiste d’un enfant autiste, il y a une question qu’on me pose souvent: est-ce que je vaccine? Est-ce que je pense que les vaccins causent l’autisme?

J’ai vacciné Charlie. Oui, il est sévèrement autiste, mais j’ai fait mes recherches et, d’après les preuves recueillies dans la communauté scientifique, il est clair pour moi qu’il n’y a aucun lien entre l’autisme et les vaccins. Il n’y a aucune preuve scientifique. Le fait que les symptômes de l’autisme apparaissent après le vaccin ROR est une coïncidence de timing. Les premiers signes de l’autisme sont plus reconnaissables après environ 18 mois, ce qui coïncide avec le vaccin ROR recommandé vers 15 mois. Pour Charlie, les signes de l’autisme étaient là avant les vaccins. Jude est également a jour son calendrier de vaccination. Pas de regrets!

D’où vient le mythe du vaccin / autisme?

Reculons un peu. En 1998, un médecin nommé Andrew Wakefield a publié une étude avec des preuves falsifiées. Il a affirmé avoir trouvé un lien entre le vaccin MRR et l’autisme, mais l’étude était minuscule: seulement 12 personnes!

Malgré la petite taille de l’échantillon (n = 12), la conception incontrôlée et la nature spéculative des conclusions, le document a reçu une large publicité et les taux de vaccination ROR ont commencé à baisser parce que les parents étaient préoccupés par le risque d’autisme. Presque immédiatement après, des études épidémiologiques ont été menées et publiées, réfutant le lien posé entre la vaccination ROR et l’autisme.

Le vaccin ROR et l’autisme: Sensation, réfutation, rétraction et fraude
Par T. S. Sathyanarayana Rao et Chittaranjan Andrade

Le document a finalement été rétracté et Wakefield a perdu son permis d’exercer la médecine. Malheureusement, l’idée que ces coups causent l’autisme est restée dans les esprits. Depuis lors, plus de 20 études approfondies ont été réalisées sur le vaccin RMP et l’autisme qui ne montrent aucun lien entre les deux.

Over the years, a few celebrities have come forward sharing their personal views about vaccination, not based on any scientific evidence. One that comes to mind is Jenny McCarthy, who claimed vaccines caused her son’s autism. Recently, Kat Von D also announced that she wouldn’t be vaccinating her baby.

Meanwhile, outbreaks of measles and whooping cough continue to appear in the United States putting thousands of kids at risk of death. Why? Almost entirely as the result of parents refusing to vaccinate their children because of anecdotal horror stories heard from people against immunization.

And what if vaccines did cause autism? Well, I’m autistic and I have a severely autistic child, and I’m happy to be alive. Sure it’s not always easy for him – and for me – to live with autism but we are healthy, and alive! Polio, whooping cough, and other diseases that vaccines protect against are miserable and potentially deadly. People don’t know the nightmarish realities of these diseases because due to vaccines, we’ve been protected from them for years.

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Are vaccines safe?

When I’m doing research on a topic, I rely on facts and scientific studies rather than personal experience. The United States requires that all vaccines go through extensive testing on safety and effectiveness before they can be brought to market. Then, vaccines are monitored closely while on the market. All studies have shown that vaccines are safe and effective. The benefits of getting your child immunized by far outweigh the risks.

Sure, just like with any medication side effects are possible, but there are very rare, and usually minor. If you’ve had a bad experience after your child got their shots, I understand it must have been scary and I empathize with that. Remember though, this is an exception and not the norm, and that autism isn’t a side effect. And for people who want to delay shots, that’s not a good idea either. There is no scientific evidence that receiving several shots at once overwhelms your child’s immune system.

There are people who even if they want to, cannot get vaccinated. They are immunosuppressed, the elderly, and pregnant women. They rely on herd immunity to stay healthy. By not vaccinating your children, you are putting other people in danger. These people rely on you vaccinating your children to stay healthy themselves. For most vaccine-preventable diseases, when less than 90 percent of children are vaccinated in a particular community, pockets of low vaccination form and create an environment where diseases take hold and spread. When you vaccinate your children, you protect those people who can’t protect themselves.

Michigan and its low immunization rate

Michigan and its low immunization rate is a good example of what can happen when you don’t vaccinate. From August 1, 2016 to May 16, 2018, there have been over 836 cases of confirmed hepatitis A including 27 deaths reported to public health authorities in Michigan. Also, in November and December 2014, areas reported that more than 151 children and adults in several counties had contracted whooping cough.

If you’re in Michigan, or anywhere else, I encourage you to take a look at the I-Vaccinate website and educate yourself. As moms, we all want what’s best for our children. It’s important that you do your research and trust evidence-based studies. The bottom line is that what you’ll find is that vaccines are safe and effective. They do not cause autism. Vaccines save lives.

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    blaison
    2018-06-19 at 5:52

    Bravo ! Merci de cette au point nécessaire !

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    Wayne
    2018-07-08 at 2:38

    I am curious. Does Michigan now have some of the lowest rates of Autism now that they have some of the lowest rates of compliance to the immunization schedule? Thanks.

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    Laurie
    2018-07-13 at 12:12

    is it possible that there is a typo in this sentence? — « He claimed that he found a link between the MRR vaccine and autism, but the study was tiny: only 12 people! »

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      Eileen
      2018-07-13 at 2:36

      Where’s the typo?

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        Fiona
        2018-07-29 at 3:33

        MMR

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        Lisa
        2018-07-29 at 2:23

        It’s MMR, not MRR.

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        Lisa
        2018-07-29 at 2:50

        In the US, children get vaccinated on the day they are born and again at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months… Also moms are now routinely vaccinated with the flu shot and tdap while preganant. And the vitamin K injection (given at birth) also contains aluminum. And then infants often receive Tylenol with their vaccines, which deletes glutathione and the ability to detoxify these vaccines. So how would anybody really know if their child was actually born with autism? It’s not like the MMR is the first vaccine kids receive, unless you don’t follow the recommended vaccine schedule.

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          Rachael
          2018-08-23 at 2:26

          Due to family circumstances (abuse, among other things) my daughter was not vaccinted until she was 6+ months. She showed signs from birth. Arching her back when I tried to cuddle her, screaming unconsolably, crying when I sang or hummed. So yes, I can definitely say my child did not get autism from any vaccine.

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        Sarah
        2018-07-29 at 3:36

        MMR*

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      KidsMD
      2018-07-29 at 12:39

      The only typo is that the vaccine is called MMR, not MRR.

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    Keziah
    2018-07-29 at 3:20

    Here’s the thing. Autistic people aren’t “broken” or in any way “damaged”. They have autism. They were born that way. Same as ginger hair, long toes, gender, or brown eyes. It’s simply a part of who they are, and if the rest of us can’t accept that then the rest of us are the bloody problem. Would I rather an autistic child than one who suffers measles meningitis or polio? Seriously? Hell yes! Why is that even an issue with AVers? So sick of this bullshit

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    Sue D of Troy MI
    2018-07-29 at 2:57

    These toxic vaccines cause a lot more damage than just autism ! My four-month-old baby was brain-damaged, having experienced an immediate reaction leaving her severely mentally impaired in 1982 from a DPT shot, which was later recalled from the market and replaced with the DTaP. They knew what was causing all kinds of problems at the time ! Sadly not much has changed since then and people are still being damaged by these things every day.

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    Kira Wadman
    2018-07-29 at 3:20

    This article could go down as one of the most ignorant pro-vaccine, pro-brain damage things I have ever read. If the Michigan vaccine rates have declined, it’s because parents have been doing their research and are intelligently declining vaccines. Vaccines do not confer health, and they certainly do not confer immunity. HHS is required to study and report to congress every two years on vaccines, and has not studied vaccine safety in more than 30 years. They are in violation of the law. Parents who don’t vaccinate do not have Autistic children. Autism=brain damage.

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      Tim
      2018-07-30 at 11:15

      And your comment definitely does go down as one of the most self-important uneducated posts I have ever read. Research is *not* going to anti-vaccine web sites and parroting the sheer nonsense in your last two sentences that has been debunked over and over again. People like yourself feel their few hours of research on Google looking for sites that confirm their biases is the equivalent of the 11 years, minimum, someone must undertake to become a medical doctor. The people who push the laughable anti-vaccine misinformation you have here show inability to understand basic science, especially high school level chemistry, and a total lack of knowledge of history. The deficiencies in those areas show like you have soiled a thin pair of white shorts but think no one will notice.

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    Kira Wadman
    2018-07-29 at 6:48

    This site deleted my comment and probably a lot of others. If you would like legitimate information on vaccines, go to nvic.org

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      Devora Manier
      2018-07-29 at 8:21

      Your comment, while incredibly irresponsible and inaccurate, was NOT deleted. It is still there, in all its fearmongering anti-vaxxer ignorant glory. LOL

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      Eileen
      2018-07-29 at 10:16

      I did not delete your comment. I think it’s important for people to read both sides of the argument even though your comment is ignorant and ableist. Autism is not brain damage.

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