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"Vaccines do not cause autism." Local doctor sounds off on latest wave of criticism

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

    Say the words vaccine and autism in the same sentence, and you will get a firestorm of response.

A new article is circulating social-media with the headline: "Courts quietly confirm MMA Vaccine causes autism."

"Vaccines do not cause autism," said Dr. Angela Townsend, Covenant Medical Center.

    Pediatricians echo Doctor Townsend so does the the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    But this article featured in Whiteout Press, is the latest to send parents into a worrisome tailspin.

"But you can't take it at face value, it's not that simple. There's a deeper medical explanation," said Dr. Townsend.

The courts did not confirm the MMR vaccine causes autism - they ruled there is a relation.

For example, in one case, Doctor Townsend tells me an 18-month old was severely behind on her vaccinations and her mother wanted her all caught up in one appointment..

    Turned out the child had an undiagnosed metabolic disorder and her body couldn't handle all of those vaccines at once. So the vaccines triggered her disorder and caused brain damage....doctors diagnosed her with autism.  

    But had the girl gotten a serious illness, like the flu before she got vaccinations, it would have been the flu that triggered her metabolic disorder.

The "courts confirm" headline is beyond misleading. It should be referencing "vaccine court" in the U.S. This court evaluates vaccine injury claims via a federal process and determines which are legitimate or not.

 

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