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Sun Sep 14, 2014, 03:04 AM

25. My heart goes out to you and all the other parents.

It is unlikely this was the cause of your son's autism, but I know how frustrating it must be not to know what the cause was.

There are cases of children with mitonchondrial disorders for whom the vaccine court has made awards -- so it's not entirely impossible for particular children, with certain genetic vulnerabilities, to develop autistic syndrome as a result of vaccines. You were not crazy or stupid for exploring every avenue, trying to understand.

I hate it when I see smug, know-it-all people mocking the parents who have these concerns, and mocking parents involved in organizations that advocate for vaccine safety -- as if that's a bad thing. Over 50 years ago, my baby sister died the day after receiving her third DPT shot. A cousin of my mother's had also died after receiving that vaccine, and his brother suffered permanent paralysis. Those cousins' parents were told they were given a vaccine from a "bad batch." Then in my children's generation, a cousin had a fever over 105, and my son had a low fever with off-and-on seizures for a week. My doctor said it couldn't have been the vaccine, because "the vaccine doesn't do that." Well, it did to him. Based on a family history involving three generations, his new doctor, and the pediatricians of the other cousins, decided to withhold the pertussis part of the vaccine in future shots.

The National Vaccine Information Center wasn't around when my sister died, but as a result of their work, the government finally retired the old, whole cell vaccine and substituted a safer one. I'm glad it was available for my granddaughter. And I know who to thank -- all those concerned parents who put pressure on the government to develop a safer vaccine. If they hadn't, the NIH wouldn't have funded the research necessary to develop the split cell DPT vaccine. And if they hadn't worked on informing doctors and parents about the possible risks to the old DPT vaccine, one or more of the 9 cousins in my children's generation might, like my sister, have had one too many DPT shots.

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