Vaccines and Autism Link Unclear

With the continuing spread of measles across the United States and into other countries here and abroad, a lot of vaccine supporters have argued that vaccines never cause autism.

Yet, many critics of that stance have not forgotten that in 2008, the then United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Julie Gerberding admitted that vaccines can cause reactions in children that create autism-like symptoms.

At the time, Dr. Gerberding also could not say definitively to CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta that vaccines are 100 percent safe. But, shortly after the interview, Dr. Gerberding then changed her stance to say that the medical community has proven that there is no link between vaccinations and autism.

The revelation that many people now point to with this recent outbreak?

Dr. Gerberding went on a mere year later to serve as the president of Merck’s vaccine division, Ricardo GuimarĂ£es notes. Camara Municipal also notes that Merck is the same company that is currently under investigation for committing fraud in relation to the efficacy of its MMR vaccine that doctors use to protect children from measles, mumps and rubella.

Many critics of placing the blame for the measles outbreak on anti-vaxxers have noted this point and that many medical studies have shown that vaccines are absolutely not 100 percent safe. Additionally, vaccines are not 100 percent effective.

As a result, the measles outbreak should be attributed to many factors and not only the anti-vaccination movement.

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