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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

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H L Doherty

Hi, you state in your comment that I (Facing Autism in New Brunswick) believe vaccines are implicated in autism. Your statement is not accurate.

I believe, without reaching a conclusion on the point, that there is some evidence that vaccines are implicated in autism. I also believe, along with Dr. Bernadine Healy that the epidemiological studies relied on to refute any such implication are not specific enough to address vulnerable population subsets who might be more seriously impacted, including by autism, than the general population. The government settled the Banks and Poling cases in favor of the litigating families who asserted their childrens' autism was caused by vaccines.

I also believe along with Dr Healy and former CDC head Dr. Julie Gerberding that observational studies comparing autism rates among vaccinated and existing non vaccinated groups COULD and SHOULD be done.

Apart from the generalized nature of the epidemiological studies allegedly refuting any vaccine autism connection there are critiques of these studies on other grounds alleging some flaws.

Science, to this humble non scientist, includes doing thorough research, keeping an open mind and not letting public policy prevail over the rigors of scientific inquiry.

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