Autism and vaccinations has been a much-debated topic throughout the years. As a mom of four, with three children on the autism spectrum. (10,8,4); I have mixed feelings. I believe vaccinations worsened my daughter’s autism. She was developing typically then after having many vaccinations; she dramatically regressed. Regressive autism could be the case, but it’s hard to narrow it down. She was delayed in all areas of development and she struggled to thrive. Her immune system became weak and she was always sick.
My twin boys on the other hand, only one has autism. Both were on same vaccination schedule, yet we were always behind with shots. So, in this case, vaccinations had no effect on his autism. Otherwise his twin brother would have it too. But then again, who knows!
Yet I knew from birth one twin was on the spectrum, so there points to the womb and brain development in pregnancy. But he didn’t have as many vaccines like my daughter did. So who really knows! Not to mention the fact they both have the same diagnoses; PPD-NOS and global developmental delay (persuasive developmental disorder, none other specified). Thus as we see, it’s hard to narrow down the causes of autism or to find that “missing puzzle piece”.
Therefore, despite the recent findings that vaccines don’t cause autism; I feel more research needs to be done as every child and case is different. But on the other hand, I don’t believe vaccines cause autism, but I believe they can trigger it and/or worsen this neurological condition. Maybe it’s specific vaccines that need some investigation. But I believe if you are genetically predisposed to have autism, because it runs in your family; a vaccine or anything foreign to the body can trigger a reaction and/or mutation in the form of autism. Just like with any other disease or condition that is specific to our unique gene compositions. If it’s in our genes, there’s always a chance we can get it. Regardless of taking vaccines.
So, when it comes to parents vaccinating their children; it’s a personal choice for me. A parent must do what’s best for their child. Only they can decide that. Therefore, I am not against a mom who chooses to not vaccinate her kids. Her kids, her choice. Just respect my decision to vaccinate mine.
Hence, I am a mom that is for vaccinations as there is just too many diseases in this world. I feel it’s my job to protect them from illnesses and vaccines do it for a lifetime. I’ve weighed the risks and despite the chances of vaccines causing or worsening autism; they serve great purposes. Vaccines save lives. It protects our children forever.