09/14/2014: "Autism and Vaccines: Pediatricians Speak Out"
Filed under: autism, Disorders, kurtglmft
Tags: ABC, autism, Eli Stone, Genetics, vaccine
This from the Evansville Courier Press:
The nation's largest pediatricians' group on Monday said ABC should cancel the first episode of a new series because it perpetuates the myth that vaccines can cause autism.
ABC's new drama, "Eli Stone," debuts Thursday. It features British actor Jonny Lee Miller as a prophet like lawyer who in the opening episode argues in court that a flu vaccine made a child autistic. When it is revealed in court that an executive at the fictional vaccine maker didn't allow his own child to get the shot, jurors side with the family, giving them a huge award.
"If parents watch this program and choose to deny their children immunizations, ABC will share in the responsibility for the suffering and deaths that occur as a result. The consequences of a decline in immunization rates could be devastating to the health of our nation’s children," Jenkins said in a statement.
Autism is a complex disorder featuring repetitive behaviors and poor social interaction and communication skills. Scientists generally believe that genetics plays a role in causing the disorder; a theory that a mercury-based preservative once widely used in childhood vaccines is to blame has been repeatedly discounted in scientific studies.
Remember folks, this is a fictional series. Sometimes the whole "bad things happen to good people" way of thinking is too much to handle. We look for reasons and people to blame because the real explanation is too difficult to accept. However, please don't forgo vaccinating your child, as it is a proven way to make sure they will never develop a myriad of diseases, because of some theory that has little, if any basis in fact or research.