This is the post which is going to make me unpopular. Vaccines are so doggone controversial, yet so much a part of the medical orthodoxy that questioning them is tantamount to heresy. But I gotta say this to new parents of children with Down syndrome:
You simply must research the vaccine controversy for yourself. You just must.
The statistics of incidence of autism in the general population are bad and getting worse. But in Down syndrome the statistics are terrible. Various estimates range from 1:10 to 1: 5. Something serious is going on if one out of every ten children with Down syndrome also is diagnosed with autism.
It didn’t used to be.
On the Einstein-syndrome email list the ratio holds true: about one in ten. And from the stories and struggles told by these parents, the DS/autism dual diagnosis is just heartbreaking. Down syndrome alone is a walk in the park compared to dealing with autism piled on top.
If this health issue is so prevalent, then we parents must do all we can do to prevent it from happening in our own children. Once again, Professor Parent PhD must get on the Internet and research a difficult topic.
If you do not know the best theories about the causes of autism then you do not know how to protect your child. Let me say that again: If you do not know the best theories about the causes of autism then you do not know how to protect your child. Period. If you do not know the risk factors for autism, then you do not know how to minimize the risks in your own little guy.
As you research, be sure to read about gut dysbiosis, contraindications for the various vaccines, the safety studies which have been done on vaccines, particularly the safety studies done in medically complicated populations, and alternate vaccine schedules.
As you research you’ll begin to understand the social concept of herd immunity, and the expected collateral damage to a percentage of the herd. Herd immunity is a great social concept for policy makers. But for me as a parent, it is my job to keep my own high-risk child from becoming the collateral damage. The first step to do that is to research the vaccine controversy for myself and then act on what I learn.
If you have researched this topic and have relevant links for other parents to look at, both pro and con, please post them in the comments. Please write a sentence or two on each link, why it is relevant and/or helpful. And limit your links to two per comment or WordPress’ spam filters quarantine your comment and I may not see it. You may post multiple comments if you have multiple relevant links.
This post is #4 of a series which was written specifically to a couple who have a baby boy with Down syndrome. These fifteen are the things I would do if I once again had a baby with Down syndrome.
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