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The debate over whether or not vaccines cause autism shows no signs of abating. What we hope this website has helped demonstrate is that any assertion that the science has already been done to prove no link is both false and misleading.

At some point, the finger-pointing needs to stop and real science asking the proper questions need to take place. In the meantime, parents would be well served to take precaution with their children to try to achieve an attainable goal: preventing both deadly disease while preventing autism.

In April 2009, Generation Rescue issued a fascinating study, Vaccines and Autism around the World, with a stunning observation:

"The United States has the highest number of mandated vaccines for children under 5 in the world (36, double the Western world average of 18), the highest autism rate in the world (1 in 110 children, 10 times or more the rate of some other Western countries), but only places 34th in the world for its children under 5 mortality rate. What’s going on?"

One table provides particularly concerning data:

VACCINE SCHEDULES, AUTISM RATES,
AND UNDER 5 MORTALITY FOR SELECT COUNTRIES
Country # of Mandatory Vaccines
(<5 years old)
Autism Rate US Autism Rate Multiplier Mortality Rates per 1,000 Children Under 5 years old Mortality Rate Worldwide Rank
United States 36 1 in 110   7.8 34
Iceland 11 1 in 1,100 7.3x 3.9 1
Sweden 11 1 in 862 5.7x 4.0 2
Japan 11 1 in 475 3.2x 4.2 4
Norway 13 1 in 2,000 13.3x 4.4 5
Finland 12 1 in 719 4.8x 4.7 6
France 17 1 in 613 4.1x 5.2 11
Israel 11 1 in 1,000 6.7x 5.7 17
Denmark 12 1 in 2,200 14.6x 5.8 18

 

Do we have too much of a good thing? Because the vaccination schedule has been built up so quickly, it is difficult to analyze its impact on any one child. Therefore, studying unvaccinated children may be our best hope for finding the cause of a disorder estimated to impact 1 in 110 children. In the meantime, parents may want to consider the vaccination schedules of some European countries that have significantly lower rates of autism, child mortality, and mandated vaccines:

NUMBER OF MANDATORY VACCINES AND
UNDER 5 MORTALITY RATES FOR TOP 30 COUNTRIES
Country # of Mandatory Vaccines
(<5 yrs old)
Mortality Rates per 1,000 Children Under 5 yrs old Mortality Rate Worldwide Rank
United States 36 7.8 34
Iceland 11 3.9 1
Sweden 11 4.0 2
Singapore 13 4.1 3
Japan 11 4.2 4
Norway 13 4.4 5
Finland 12 4.7 6
Hong Kong 13 4.7 7
Czech Republic 20 4.8 8
South Korea -- 4.8 9
Switzerland 16 5.1 10
France 17 5.2 11
Spain 20 5.3 12
Belgium 18 5.3 13
Germany 22 5.4 14
Austria 19 5.4 15
Australia 27 5.6 16
Israel 11 5.7 17
Denmark 12 5.8 18
Netherlands 20 5.9 19
Canada 28 5.9 20
United Kingdom 20 6.0 21
Italy 13 6.1 22
Ireland 24 6.2 23
Channel Islands -- 6.2 24
Slovenia 14 6.4 25
New Zealand 21 6.4 26
Cuba -- 6.5 27
Luxembourg 23 6.6 28
Portugal 19 6.6 29
Brunei -- 6.7 30
Cyprus 23 6.9 31
Malta 14 7.6 32
Croatia 18 7.7 33
Average 18.0  

Note: Vaccine schedules for certain countries were unobtainable