Celebrities and non-scientific people make New Age claims that aren't backed by TRUE SCIENTIFIC research. To date both the CDC and FDA state that vaccines are still the best way to go. Just because Jenny McCarthy thinks her "mommy instincts" trump science doesn't make it true. Simply saying you feel something doesn't make it so. You need to back it up with true scientific research and to this day there hasn't been ANY.
Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
Japanese Encephalitis (JE)
Lyme Disease Measles
Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
Rotavirus Rubella (German Measles)
Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
To date the link between the MMR vaccine (combination for measles, mumps, and rubella) and autism is still unsubstantiated- Meaning there has not been any real SCIENCE behind the "research" from the New Agers.
However, carefully performed scientific studies have found NO relationship between MMR vaccine and autism. Children are normally diagnosed with autism around the same time that vaccine is given - people are assuming that the vaccine had something to do with it.
One of the men I work with has a son with autism- he said they new something was wrong because his son wasn't talking and playing like his other two children. It wasn't like he got the vaccine and then stopped acting like a normal kid. He just happened to be at the age where the doctor can say "ok, at this age he should be doing this, this and this- and he isn't doing those things." Its also at that age when kids get the MMR vaccine.
Autism has more to do with the age of the mother (usually women over 35 have a higher risk of having a child with autism) than it does with anything else.
Conversly, New Age "medicine" claims homeopathy, and all other types of new age medicine cures all sorts of things and they can only do this because they are NOT regulated by the FDA and New Age medicine does not require trials like scientific medicine does. One scientific investigation into New Age medicines found all sorts of things in the pills that shouldn't have been there- mercury, lead, and hormones to name a few. This is because they can put whatever they want in the pills because no one is checking. All scientific studies have shown Homeopathy to have the same effect as what is called the Placebo effect.
Its one thing to say I don't want my daughter to have the HPV vaccine until more studies are done. Its quite another to claim a link between vaccinations and autism since there is not one shred of scientific evidence that supports your "feelings".
My mom never had a flu shot or got sick. Then, when she was in her 60's she got the flu, bad. It turned into pneumonia, one lung was completely filled with fluid, which they had to drain, it then went septic, she almost died. Now she gets the flu shot every year and the pneumonia shot when necessary and hasn't been sick since. Sometimes she has to take antibotics because for her a simple cold turns into bronchitis but without those shots it would quickly turn into pneumonia again and probably die. Thank Goodness for modern medicine.