The stories of parents describing the transformation of their previously healthy children into children with autism are strong and common, but large-scale epidemiologic studies in a number of countries clearly demonstrate that vaccines are not responsible for the autism epidemic. It may trigger autism in a small number of genetically primed individuals – and these individuals most probably would have developed autism anyway.
Vaccination is not the cause of the autism epidemic, but might trigger autism in genetically susceptible children. We cannot currently identify such vulnerable children prior to vaccination. As genetic triggers become better known, and as testing becomes safer, less expensive, and more available, we may be able to identify all such individuals who are at risk for vaccine-triggered diseases and avoid vaccinating them.
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