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What are the reasons that people believe autism is related to immunizations?

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Dr. Kathryn Akin
38 years experience
Age of vaccination: Autism is generally diagnosed in children under the age of 5 years. This is also when most children receive the bulk of their childhood vaccinations. This does not mean that one causes the other. Most toddlers fall down and bump their heads, but this isn't blamed on vaccinations. Their are many causes of autism, but most experts agree that they are not the cause of autism.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Looking for answers: We want answers. What is it, why did it happen (so we can avoid it in the future) and can it be fixed?Conditions with poor explanation like autism or crib death give rise to speculation & both have been tagged as vaccine related on occasion.As research provides better answers the idea fades.New microarray technology has shown small chromasomal defects in many autism pts.This research is promising.
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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Bad science: Bad science and misinformation. There is a small minority of people who are always suspicious of vaccination. Their concerns were fueled and spread when a scientist published an article linking autism to vaccination. He later had to retract his article for faulty science, but the damage was already done.
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Why do some people believe autism can be cured?

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Dr. Laurence Pezor
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Things can improve: Although there is no "cure" for the autism spectrum disorders, children can show some significant improvement in their symptoms with intensive therapy. Communication and speech and language therapy, social skills groups and a specialized therapy know as aba therapy can help improve symptoms and enhance quality of life. It is difficult and time comsuming (and sometimes expensive) but can help!
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