That, dear readers, is the question.
"Experts on autism spectrum disorders believe that most cases are caused by a combination of genetic vulnerabilities and environmental factors. There may be hundreds of roads to autism, involving numerous combinations of genes and external factors."
So, folks, we've come to the question on alot of parents' minds, including those with non ASD kids. Do we vaccinate our kids? Is it safe to vaccine our kids? Can we not vaccinate them? Do we have to vaccinate for diseases that we hardly see anymore (polio, rubella, etc)?
And now, with the whole H1N1 outbreak; parents, school officials, city officials and health care workers are in a PANIC as to what the heck to do. Let us get back to the matter at hand.
So, I will be vaccinating Nathan. Do I believe that his early vaccinations lead to his autism? No, I don't think so. As stated earlier, I believe that it is a variety of factors which lead to this, both environmental and genetic. I am not here to make a stand for or against vaccines. I'm not on a soap box and preaching to the world that I have the answer. I don't. I continue to evaluate Nathan in regards to his medical health and well being. I continue to do as much reading and research as I can. I continue to listen to my gut, as it has always been the litmus test of what is the right thing to do. It may not be right for anyone else's child, but it is right for mine.