Wow, what a difference.

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Registered: 02-11-2007
Wow, what a difference.
Tue, 03-18-2008 - 3:06pm
It really is shocking to look at the 1983 recommended vaccine schedule and compare it to 2008. Does a child really need so many more vaccines today?

Quiz your doctor by asking them how many vaccines were on the schedule in the 1980s. 'Generation Rescue' ( have found that most have no idea.



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Registered: 10-03-2005
Tue, 03-18-2008 - 3:44pm

I don't think it's necessary that so many are "needed".

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Tue, 03-18-2008 - 5:48pm
I'm not arguing the increase in vaccines or their necessity or lack there of (I'm still on the fence on this issue, so I couldn't possibly argue ;-))

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Registered: 12-04-2007
Wed, 03-19-2008 - 11:03am

I think that there's a lot that we just don't know.

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Registered: 10-20-2006
Wed, 03-19-2008 - 12:49pm

I find it quite shocking as well - JMO, but to answer your question, NO, I dont think we need the abundance of vaccines currently given AT ALL - nor do I think we need such an aggressive

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Wed, 03-19-2008 - 2:21pm

While there may or may not be some correlation, a huge reason for the rise in autism is the increase in the understanding of it as well as the HUGE increase of the autistic spectrum.

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Sat, 03-22-2008 - 12:45am

I agree.

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Sun, 03-23-2008 - 9:16pm

It's true that what is defined and understood as "autism" has changed drastically in the last few decades. Aspberger's didn't hit the mainstream diagnostic manuals until the early 1990's, and most Aspies weren't labeled autistic until at least then. About 50% of the people I know on the spectrum are Aspberger's, which is a big chunk of the "increase". Many autistics, especially milder cases, used to be dismissed as simply eccentric or odd. My 40-something autistic brother didn't have a diagnosis until he was well into adulthood.


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Registered: 02-20-2008
Mon, 03-24-2008 - 8:55am
Autism has not been proven to have been caused by vaccines. There could be many more factors as to why the rate has risen.
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Registered: 02-20-2008
Mon, 03-24-2008 - 8:57am
There have always been outbreaks of chickenpox, measles, pertussis going on so your statement of you not recalling them is not accurate.
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Mon, 03-24-2008 - 9:00am

I think your statement about having to live under a rock if you don't think there is a connection is extreme. I look at it as you have to be somewhat uneducated to just jump on the media bandwagon that there is a connection when it has not been proven. The fact that there are more reported cases could just be the fact that people know more about it, don't you think. ?