Recently, new findings have been released showing that infant monkeys given vaccines recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) exhibited autism-like symptoms. Laura Hewitson, lead investigator, of the University of Pittsburgh and colleagues presented study results at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) in London. Often, safety studies of drugs are conducted in monkeys prior to use in humans, however this research on the current childhood vaccination regimen has never before been done.
The abstracts presented at IMFAR described biological changes and altered behavior in vaccinated macaques which are similar to what is seen in autistic children. Animals that were unvaccinated did not show any adverse outcomes. The animals were given vaccines that had been recommended of infants in the USA during the 1990s, including the controversial MMR with the mercury preservative thimerosal. During the 1990s, rates of autism spectrum disorder among children rose dramatically, from about 1 in 5,000 to 1 in 150 children.
The request of the research group is similar to that of Dr. Bernadine Healy, Former NIH Director, in an earlier interview on CBS. Dr. Healy asserted that public health officials have been too quick to dismiss an autism-vaccine connection when the research has been insufficient.
Certainly a few things to think about and to question. Always make informed and educated decisions when it comes to your child’s well-being.