Vaccine Alert: Autism Symptoms Developed in Baby Monkeys!

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Back in the 1990s, it was estimated that one in 5,000 children were diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In a little over a decade, between 2006 and 2008, that number skyrocketed to one in 88 children.

With such a large jump, many looked to the most common denominator, childhood vaccinations, as a potential culprit; however, despite several studies indicating that this may, in fact, be the case, controversy surrounding each study, and larger studies indicating that there is no link between autism and vaccinations, put the theory to rest.

Despite this, recent studies conducted by the University of Pittsburgh have found that, when infant monkeys are given standard doses of the same childhood vaccines given to human infants in the appropriate doses for the monkey’s sizes and ages, they tended to develop autism symptoms while their unvaccinated counterparts did not.

This study, which other researchers and autism advocates have been pushing for, may potentially bring the idea that vaccines are, at least in part, responsible for the dramatic increase in cases of ASD directly back into the limelight. The vaccines tested included those given to human infants in the 1990s, including those containing thimerosal (which is no longer used in most standard childhood vaccines), as well as the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

It is important to note that lead researcher Dr. Hewitson is a parent to a child with autism; therefore, results have an increased potential of being skewed. However, as the National Autism Association has commented, it is equally important to note that the Center for Disease Control have, to date, failed to complete their own testing of the safety of simultaneously administering multiple vaccines to infants, and that it is time HHS and Congress to step in and take vaccine safety oversight away from the CDC.