A few of my friends are currently engaged in a discussion about the causes of Autism. Their focus is on a study of the MMR Vaccine in which the scientist was completely unethical. Though I agree that THIS study doesn’t exactly support the claim that vaccines cause autism, I don’t think it completely discounts it, either.
I chose have the vaccine separated (when that was an option) with my son, and I’ve chosen to delay it with my daughter because she’s small for her age and there is no separated vaccine available. I’m not avoiding it completely, but I don’t feel I can simply ignore the idea that vaccines may have been a trigger for Autism in the past. I’m sure that if it were a trigger, drug companies have changed the formula at this point, so what may have been a trigger 10 years ago may not be one today.
The fact is, though research has advanced, I don’t think there has been enough discovered to completely rule out vaccines as a trigger, if not a cause. I definitely think that many of the diseases children are vaccinated against are worse than Autism, but I also think that parents should read as much research as possible and make decisions about what they feel is best for their children.