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Autism and Vaccines, Part Two 

MANY OF US KNOW SOMEONE AFFECTED BY AUTISM…THE NUMBER OF MAINERS DIAGNOSED WITH AUTISM CONTINUES TO RISE AT A RAPID RATE…

SOME PARENTS ARE CONVINCED AUTISM IS AN INJURY…BOUGHT ON BY AN ON-SLAUGHT OF VACCINES.

CONCERNS OVER A POSSIBLE LINK TO AUTISM HAVE CAUSED A NUMBER OF PARENTS TO QUESTION WHETHER THEY SHOULD EVEN GIVE THEIR CHILD ANY SHOTS.

THAT’S CONCERNING TO MAINE STATE HEALTH DIRECTOR, DR. DORA ANN MILLS…

Dr. Dora Mills

&quot:what we’re up against right now is a lot of mis-information and fears about vaccines and I think particularly as we move away from the era where a lot of these vaccine-preventable diseases were very common.&quot:

MUMPS, RUBELLA AND POLIO ARE VIRTUALLY UNHEARD OF THESE DAYS…UNLIKE AUTISM. A NUMBER OF PARENTS AND EVEN SOME IN THE MEDICAL FIELD BELIEVE THERE IS A LINK BETWEEN AUTISM AND VACCINES. DR. MILLS SAYS SHE’S REVIEWED A NUMBER OF STUDIES, AND IS CONFIDENT ONE DOES NOT CAUSE THE OTHER.

Dr. Dora Mills

&quot:now, with that being said, it is very difficult to prove a negative. And what I mean by that, if you were to ask me, what are my chances of getting hit by a ceiling tile if I walk across the room. And what I can tell you is, I don’t see any evidence that they’re going to fall.&quot:

NONETHELESS, MAINE HAS TAKEN STEPS TO ELIMINATE WHAT MANY IN THE AUTISM COMMUNITY BELIEVE IS A PRIMARY CONTRIBUTOR TO VACCINE INJURIES…THIMERISOL. RIGHT NOW, ONLY FLU SHOTS CONTAIN THE MERCURY PRESERVATITIVE AND STARTING IN SEPTEMBER, THOSE TOO WILL BE THIMERISOL-FREE.

Dr. Dora Mills

&quot:it wasn’t because we had a strong concern about autism and thimerisol…it was really because we just felt in general, that we should limit the amount of mercury exposure.&quot:

DR. MILLS SAY MANY ARE OFTEN FEARFUL OF VACCINES SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW THE SHOTS WORK.

Dr. Dora Mills

&quot:they’re taking a protein from the virus or the bacteria and synthezing it and just injecting the synthesized, purified protein. And that protein that’s injected is chosen because it is the protein that when you’re getting infected by the virus or bacteria, that’s the protein that turns your body’s immune system on to fight that virus or bacteria. So…you’re not getting the full infection.&quot:

THERE’S ALSO CONCERN ABOUT THE INCREASING NUMBER OF VACCINES CHILDREN ARE RECEIVING, INCLUDING MULTIPLE INJECTIONS AT ONE TIME.

SOME PARENTS HAVE CHOSEN TO NOT FOLLOW THE STATE’S SCHEDULE OF IMMUNIZATIONS AND INSTEAD STAGGER SHOTS.

Dr. Dora Mills

&quot:it’s been well studied that it really doesn’t make any difference to your immune system if you get one or four shots.&quot:

AND, AS FOR HOLDING OFF UNTIL AN OUTBREAK…

Dr. Dora Mills

&quot:if there’s an outbreak, we very quickly run out of vaccines.&quot:

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AS FOR WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DECIDE NOT TO VACCINATE YOUR KIDS…

IF THERE’S A CHICKEN POX OUTBREAK AT A SCHOOL FOR INSTANCE, STUDENTS WHO HAVE NOT BEEN INNOCULATED, ARE REQUIRED TO STAY HOME DURING THE ENTIRE INCUBATION PERIOD…AND THAT COULD LAST UP TO THREE WEEKS.

*FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS STORY*

www.maine.gov/dhhs/boh/ddc/_immunization/