So, earlier this month, the study which sparked the controversial vaccines-causing-autism debate was retracted. Will this affect your practice with your children? Have you always been confident in immunizations, or do you believe, despite scientific evidence, that they could cause autism?
Our current family doctor is the same one who delivered me, let’s say “a number” of years ago. This gives you a clue as to his age and experience, and as you would expect, his pro-vaccine stance. Whenever it comes time for my daughters to have any sort of shots, I always check with my good friend, also a family doctor with young children of her own, to see what she’s doing with her own flesh and blood. Armed with a recent education, the latest research, and an attachment to her own three living subjects, it’s a pretty good second opinion as far as I’m concerned, and therefore my girls are completely up-to-date on their immunizations, including this year’s H1N1 vaccine.
I feel slightly relieved by the retraction of this study, hoping it will guide some parents and researchers to a more fruitful path in terms of identifying the cause of autism. Perhaps, though, I am just another insensitive skeptic who has no idea what it would feel like to take your child for a routine immunization, and soon after have him withdraw, regress, and change forever. What conclusion would I make in that situation?
What are your thoughts? Do you get your children vaccinated? Does the retraction of this study do anything to change your mind about the MMR vaccine/autism link?
For more information on the recently retracted findings, go to The Wall Street Journal or CNN Health.