Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Autism and vaccine?

Whether children should be vaccinated is a hot topic on public forums, such as There's a possibility that children with certain rare disease such as scimitar syndrome should not be vaccinated the same way as normal children are (Ref: But it's probably hard to argue that vaccination should be banned altogether.

Now here's something even stronger against this medical practice, a case where the plaintiff claims autism was aggravated by vaccination. ("On March 6, a federal court granted compensation to a Georgia girl because she developed autism-like symptoms after receiving childhood vaccines in 2000. Officials did not say the vaccines caused autism; rather, they concluded the vaccines aggravated a preexisting condition." Interestingly, the Medscape poll shows that most medical professionals think the ruling is wrong, and physicians are even stronger than nurses in thinking this way, pharmacists in the middle. (Source) Looks like the more knowledge you have, the more likely you'll laugh at the connection.

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