A Hudson Valley Parent speaks out on the Autism versus vaccines controversy

Hudson Valley Parent

A health report spurs immunization debate

Robert Lachman
March 24, 2011

According to the Center for Disease Control, “an average of 1 in 110 children in the United States has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD),” and parents and doctors continue to look for answers to what is becoming more of an epidemic every year. Concerned parents want to know why, especially Dawn Havas Sinisi of Beekman, the mother of two children who were given the usual series of 25 vaccines including MMR, and Hepatitis B. Her 10-year-old son is now in residential treatment at Deveraux in Red Hook diagnosed with autism and her 12-year-old daughter has been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a milder form of the disease. Both suffered severe reactions immediately after being administered vaccines when they were infants.

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Sinisi herself has also been diagnosed with Asperger’s as an adult which she feels began after an MMR vaccination. The meteoric rise in autism cases is of acute concern to parents worldwide. According to the Center for Disease Control, “an average of 1 in 110 children in the United States has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD),” and parents and doctors continue to look for answers to what is becoming more of an epidemic every year. Concerned parents want to know why.

The usual answer from the medical profession seems always to be ‘better diagnoses.’ But could something environmental be causing what has generally been diagnosed as a psychiatric disorder? Could the series of 25 vaccinations we routinely dose our children with from birth to age two be deadly to many of them? The debate continues.

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The controversy over the link between Lilly’s Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism reached a peak this year when BMJ (British medical journal) claimed the 1998 study by Royal Free College Fellow and researcher Andrew Wakefield, citing a vaccine and autism link was an “elaborate fraud.”Wakefield studied 12 children with a history of normal development who, according to their parents, lost “acquired skills, including language, together with diarrhea and abdominal pain.”

Dr. Paul Mark Baker of Hudson Valley Pediatrics in Middletown sees things from a much different perspective. He agrees with the reports that Wakefield’s study is false and says he has never seen any evidence of the kind of gastroenterological problems reported in the study. “I have been practicing for 32 years and never have I seen damage to any child from the vaccines we give them,” he explained.

He did say however that the Wakefield study caused parents concern over the years and many parents wanted the vaccines separated. Instead of a three-in-one MMR, they got one dose of each. “That has ended because the company has stopped making it. There was some impact but we do our best to deal with that,” he says. “There have been some families who have been nervous about it, especially recently and of course there are some families who won’t take any vaccines.”

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