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Mar 29 2013

A question for all my #Autistic friends out there


It occurred to me today that with all the debate that goes on between parents about vaccines, have we ever asked the opinion of those with Autism themselves?

I’m not sure whether or not anyone is going to want to touch this question but I would be very, very interested in hearing what the adult Autistic community thinks and feels about this whole vaccine debate.

For the record, I respect everyone’s opinion  whether I agree or not.  I will tolerate absolutely no bullying or disrespect towards anyone that shares their opinion, thoughts or feelings on any of the sites that I own. 

Please feel free to speak your mind without fear of being judged. 


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Mar 26 2013

#Autism Awareness Month is more than a fundraiser or platform to debate #Vaccines


To this father of 3 on the Autism Spectrum, Autism Awareness Month means a great deal to me.  It means that for the month of April, the media will be once again interested in the Autistic Community.

When I think of the Autistic Community, I included persons with Autism (of any age) and their families.

When the media takes interest in Autism, as a


community we can and should take full advantage of this because our voices can be broadcast across the world.

How we choose to use this attention, greatly impacts it’s effectiveness and overall benefit on the Autism Community as a whole.

Typically, it seems that this brief window of opportunity is squandered and not used in an effective manner. I know I may sound like a scratched record but here I go again. 

Autism Awareness Month must be more than a platform for Autism “charities” to fundraise and the antivaccine movement to spread propaganda. Everyone is entitled to their opinions but at some point, we have to deal with the reality on the moment.

The reality is that even if vaccines did cause Autism, it would be only one of the causes and not the cause. There are vaccine injuries and while that’s rare, it’s a very real and tragic fact. Having said that, if we spend all our time fighting over whether vaccines cause Autism or not, we are wasting valuable and irreplaceable time that could be better spent helping the families raising kids with Autism and the adults Autistics that the world seems to have forgotten even exist.

As far as the fundraising goes, in many cases I have to wonder where the money goes? Does it actually go to people that need it most or does it help keep the bloated organizations showing a profit or helping to pay it’s employees and officers?

To me, this is all a huge waste of time and very, very self-serving.

I would love to see more support and donations going to smaller, less known organizations like Community Betterment, that while they don’t focus on Autism, they reach out and provide life changing assistance to families in the community and on a local level, all across the United States. 

This is just one example but there are charter schools for kids on the spectrum that need funding to help continue to enrich and improve the lives of children on the Autism spectrum and their families.

Autism Awareness month should be about the people. 

We need to focus on those dealing with Autism and their families.  We need to shine the light on the fact that Autism does not go away when a child turns 18. We need to provide support for the adult Autistics that are venturing out into the world on their own. 

There needs to be education for employers so that persons with Autism can have a chance to support themselves by entering the work place.

In my opinion, we should use this time to share our stories while the world is listening. 

We should help to educate those around us as to what Autism is like in real life.

We should listen to what the Autism Community needs and not pretend that we can or should speak for someone that has their own voice.

I hate to see all the potential for advances within the community wasted because we get caught up in all the blue light bulbs, pointless no win debates about vaccines and marketing campaigns that don’t seem to actually help anyone.

I’m just a father to 3 boys with Autism.  It’s not like I have a vested interest in seeing Autism Awareness Month successful…

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Jan 19 2013

Operation Flu Shot 2013


This morning we are on a mission to get the boys their flu shot. I’m a firm believer in vaccinating my boys in order to protect then from deadly diseases that are now in the rise and claiming the life of way too many children.

This year, the flu is a huge problem and Lizze and I have protected the boys by getting the flu shot ourselves and now its their turn.

I don’t think that this is going to go over very well but it’s a very necessary evil,especially with Elliott’s asthma and Gavin’s compromised immune system.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

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Jan 12 2013

Has your family had its flu shot?


I was wondering, with the new of this year’s flu hitting epidemic proportions, has your family had their flu shot?

This isn’t about judgement or anything like that.  I’m just wondering what your reasons for either getting the flu shot or not.

Are your reasons based on personal beliefs or is it a financial issue?

I just want to better understand what’s going on.  :-)


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Aug 31 2012

Will you be vaccinating for Whooping Cough?


With Whooping Cough coming back with a vengeance,  the CDC now recommends booster shots in order to help keep you and your family safe. 

Whooping cough has already been declared epidemics on the west coast and most of the USA is reporting significant increases in infections. 

I want to get a feel for how the community is reacting to this advice. 

Are you concerned about Whooping Cough? Have you spoken with your doctor to get the facts?  Do you think that you will get vaccinated?  What about your kids?

How do you feel about this in general?

Please keep this respectful and treat each other with respect.  :-)

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Aug 30 2012

CDC recommends booster shots for whooping cough outbreak


CDC recommends booster shots for whooping cough outbreak. Courtesy of Fox News

I talked about Whooping Cough the other day but hadn’t realized just how bad things have gotten. More states have declared a Whooping Cough epidemic and majority of the USA has reported significant increases in cases. This is really scary. This is the article from Fox News. You can follow the above link for the original article.

If you thought whooping cough went the way of beriberi and other 19th-century diseases with fanciful names, think again. Whooping cough is back with a vengeance with the worse outbreak in the United States in 50 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of this month, 46 states have reported increases in cases compared with 2011.

The state of Washington has declared an epidemic with more than 3,000 reported cases. Since the start of July the total number of U.S. cases for 2012 has climbed from approximately 18,000 to 22,000, according to the CDC. The total reflects twice the number of cases seen this time last year. The reason, in part, is a drop in vaccination rates and, some speculate, a weaker vaccine.

The CDC and other health authorities recommend that older children, in particular, receive a booster shot before returning to school. Most adults need one, too. [5 Dangerous Vaccination Myths] Get a shot, spare a rib The aptly named whooping cough — known medically as pertussis (Latin for “thorough cough”) and colloquially as the 100-day cough — is a high-pitch, rib-cracking cough that can last for more than two months and is often fatal among infants.

Thirteen people, mostly children, have died so far this year from whooping cough in the United States, according to the CDC, and the situation will likely get worse The pertussis vaccine is largely effective in preventing the disease, and this usually is packaged in the United States as the DTaP vaccine, short for diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis. The CDC recommends that children get five doses of this vaccine staggered between ages 2 months The good news is that primary coverage is rather high. The CDC estimates that 95 percent of U.S. children receive the first three doses, and about 85 percent get the fourth. (Data are lacking on the fifth dose.) The bad news is that 5 percent of children, or millions of individuals, are not vaccinated at all, for reasons that include moral objections to vaccines or poor access to healthcare.

These children are vulnerable to and potential carriers of the pertussis bacteria. “Individuals who are not vaccinated against whooping cough have eight times the risk of infection compared to people who are fully vaccinated, [and] vaccination rates have steadily declined over recent years,” said Heidi Renner, assistant professor of pediatrics at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. The combination of falling vaccination rates, lack of full vaccination, and waning immunity means that most Americans are vulnerable, Renner said. “Shockingly, only 8.2 percent of U.S. adults have received the recommended pertussis booster,” Renner told LiveScience. However, whooping cough’s steady resurgence is a bit of a mystery among doctors. In a letter published last week in the British Medical Journal, Douglas Jenkinson, a retired physician who studied the disease for decades, attributed the increase to better diagnosis and reporting.

And earlier this month in an editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine, James Cherry, a professor of pediatric infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles, suggested that the current DTaP vaccine is weaker than the DTP vaccine used two decades ago. [7 Devastating Infectious Diseases] Cherry called the current vaccine a “failure” in his editorial, adding “it is time to recognize the successes of the past and to implement new studies and direction for the control of pertussis in the future.” Booster now crucial Nevertheless, vaccines are the best prevention against whooping cough. With the 2012 outbreak, the CDC is recommending that all children ages 11 to 12 years receive a DTaP booster. Adolescents and adults should consider the one-dose Tdap vaccine. This is a slightly different formulation of DTaP, but also for diphtheria, tetanus and Although approximately 300,000 people worldwide die annually from whooping cough, according to the World Health Organization, the disease usually isn’t deadly for most American adults. Nevertheless, if infected, you could transmit the disease to someone more vulnerable. Also, whooping cough is not something to take lightly or to simply soldier through as you would a tough winter cold. Children may miss weeks of school; adults may miss weeks of work.

And no lozenge will tame that painful 100-day cough.



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Aug 26 2012

To Vaccinate or Not To Vaccinate


To vaccinate or not to vaccinate,  that is the question on many parents minds.

I find this sad and scary that we are now having to worry about things like Whooping Cough once again.

As you know,  I’m not anti-vaccine but I’m aware of the reality of vaccine injury.  While I don’t believe that it’s very common,  it does happen and it’s tragic.  Think what you want but it is real and my heart goes out to call those affected.  image

Having said that, because of the mass hysteria surrounding vaccines,  we now have to contend with things like Whooping Cough and Measles once again.

Vaccines are most effective when the majority of the population is vaccinated.

Even if vaccines were scientifically proven to cause #Autism in some children,  it’s certainly not the only cause of #Autism as many unvaccinated kids are diagnosed as well.

I believe that everyone has a right to their own opinion about vaccines.  However,  please do your research and talk to your trusted pediatrician.  Any doctor worth anything should be willing to openly and honestly discuss all of your concerns without making you feel like you’re crazy for being worried.

I think that it’s a good thing to be concerned, that’s a sign of being a good parent. However, that’s why you should talk to your medical doctor and not listen to people in Hollywood or those running conspiracy websites. 

You are the only person who can decide what’s best for your child.  All I ask is that you consider the source of the information before you decide to put faith in it.

Vaccines are not a decision to be taken lightly.  My wife and I never just vaccinated our kids all willy nilly.  We researched and had very frank discussions with our kids pediatrician,  whom we trust.  In the end,  we vaccinated all of our kids.  Sometimes, the vaccines were delayed or broken up but our doctor was happy to work with us. 

As with many things in life,  there are risks with vaccines.  However,  the vast majority of people greatly benefit from their protection.

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