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If science doesnít ask the right question, the answer a study produces is useless.

Perhaps the biggest issue with the science done to date to assess the relationship between vaccines and autism is that it doesnít reflect the real world of how vaccines are administered and the feedback from parents on how this impacts their children. Consider:

In 1983, the maximum number of separate vaccines a child would receive by the age of 5 was 10. Today, that number is 36. By the time a child is 5 years old, if their parents follow the CDCís recommended schedule, they will have received the following vaccines, many in multiple doses (the doses is what gets you from 11 to 36: you get DTP 4 times, for example):

  1. Hepatitis B
  2. Rotavirus
  3. DTP
  4. Hib
  5. Pneumococcal
  6. Polio
  7. Flu
  8. MMR
  9. Varicella
  10. Hepatitis A
  11. Meningococcal (only for certain groups)

Of the 11 separate diseases covered above, there are actually 34 separate vaccines licensed with the FDA. For example, your child might receive either Rotateq or Rotarix, each of which has been developed in a separate and unique way to address the disease Rotavirus. The possible combinations of total vaccines your child might receive are almost infinite: my child got the Merck Hep B, but the Sanofi Flu, etc, etc.

So, in a single two month-old visit, the average American child will receive 6 separate vaccines in about 15 minutes:

2 month visit:

  1. Hepatitis B
  2. Rotavirus
  3. DTP
  4. Hib
  5. Pneumococcal
  6. Polio

Two months later, at 4 months of age, most children in America will again receive the same 6 vaccines, all administered at the same time:

  1. Hepatitis B
  2. Rotavirus
  3. DTP
  4. Hib
  5. Pneumococcal
  6. Polio

Two months later, at 6 months of age, most children in America then receive 7 vaccines, all administered at the same time:

  1. Hepatitis B
  2. Rotavirus
  3. DTP
  4. Hib
  5. Pneumococcal
  6. Polio
  7. Flu

So, by 6 months of age most American children receive 19 vaccines through 3 visits to the doctor. Itís worth noting that many kids also receive a birth dose of Hepatitis B, boosting this number to 20 vaccines.

So, of the first 20 shots given to kids, how many have been studied for their relationship to autism? The answer may surprise you: ZERO. Thatís right, because only one vaccine, the MMR, has ever been studied for its relationship to autism. The MMR is a vaccine first administered to American children at 13 months of age.

But what about the 2, 4, and 6 month well-baby visits where children receive so many vaccines? The truth is they have never been studied or considered, so no one has any idea. This would be like trying to identify the source of a plane crash, suspecting mechanical failure, solely analyzing one of the wings, and then declaring the entire airplane free of culpability. But, thatís exactly what has happened.

Having spent the time to critically read every study produced to "prove" vaccines donít cause autism, we were dumbfounded by their inadequacy. We find the comments public officials make about these studies to be even more absurd and unsupportable. Consider, from the studies, some of the actual questions that were asked:

Q: Do children receiving more thimerosal in their vaccines have different neurological outcomes from children receiving less thimerosal in their vaccines?

Q: Are autism rates different for children who received 62.5 mcg or 137.5 mcg of mercury?

Q: Did children who all received DTP vaccine with thimerosal have higher or lower rates of developmental disorders based on when they got the shots?

Q: Do Thimerosal containing vaccines administered to children raise mercury blood levels above safe standards?

Q: Does the use of RhoGam shots during pregnancy have a correlation with autism?

These 5 examples above come from 5 of the most commonly listed studies cited as "proof" that "vaccines do not cause autism." Yet, not one of them comes close to addressing this issue or answering the question we all really care about that goes something like this:

Our children receive 36 vaccines by the time they are five, including 20 by their first birthday. Is the administration of so many vaccines causing autism in certain children?

That question, so important to the health of our children and our nation, has never been asked, so it cannot yet be answered. Please look at the "fourteen studies" and see for yourself if you agree with our assessment.