Test tube babies, cartoon test-tubes: Can the science of science save lives?
By Andrew Cawthorne / Toronto StarA group of pediatricians is asking parents to consider a test tube as a potential “safe alternative” to vaccines.
The Canadian Association of Pediatricians said the research has shown there is a connection between vaccines and the risk of autism spectrum disorders, including autism.
The study also showed that children who are given a vaccine have lower rates of the disorder.
The group says the best approach is to give children a booster shot to help them recover from the illness.
Dr. Stephen Haddad, a pediatrician in Toronto and co-author of the study, said the new study found the effectiveness of a vaccine has a strong correlation with its effectiveness in preventing autism.
“I believe we are at the beginning of a revolution in vaccine efficacy, and I think it’s something that’s worth taking seriously,” he said.
“We have a much higher chance of avoiding autism in our children, so I think that is a good thing to look at.”
The researchers say the findings should prompt parents to look beyond vaccines for a potential solution to the problem of autism.
Dr Haddade said he believes parents should consider giving their children a test-dose of a live vaccine instead of a shot.
“It’s a safe alternative to the vaccine,” he told The Associated Press.
The research, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, found that children receiving a vaccine had lower rates, on average, of autism than those receiving a placebo.
The researchers also found that the number of autism-related deaths in the U.S. jumped more than three-fold between 2004 and 2011.
The majority of the cases of autism were linked to the combination MMR vaccine, which was introduced in 2002.
Dr John Venter, a researcher at the Vaccine Development Center, said a vaccine that is given at the right dose has a better chance of being effective.
“Vaccine effectiveness is a complex topic, and it’s not easy to pinpoint a specific vaccine,” said Dr Venter.
The study is scheduled to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics in San Francisco on Friday.”
The most important factor in determining vaccine efficacy is the number and type of doses that are administered, as well as the type of vaccine and the timing of vaccination.”
The study is scheduled to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics in San Francisco on Friday.