February 17, 2009
Parents like Dayna Miller are reacting to a special court's ruling that no proven link exists between autism and early childhood vaccines. Click Here to Read More.
While the courts decision remains, some parents are standing by what they believe.
"My theory and it doesn't mean much, it's just my thought, some babies are born with a weakened immune system, and if you do put a lot of shots in at one time, I think it can cause neurological damage."
Miller believes that because her son had severe allergies and a weak immune system, the shots helped contribute to his developing autism.
But the recent courts decision, has her re-thinking her options.
"I was, I guess a little bit surprised because I've done a lot of research that did show that maybe the MMR, helped contribute to autism."
Now with more children, Miller says she's just trying to play it safe.
"We believe in vaccinating, definitely believe in vaccinating. We make sure the shots do not have mercury in them, and then we space them out, we do an extended shot schedule. I do have to say that this morning, it made me feel a little bit better reading that article and made me think i really need to go and get that vaccine done."
But she says the statistics are still there and that's why she works with the Autism Association of Northeast Arkansas.
"We still have 1 in 93 boys that have autism and 1 in 45 children in Arkansas, so I think just early diagnosis and treatment is where I try to put my time and energy into."
Miller says she's not sure the court's decision will sway all parents who have the same beliefs.
"I have a friend who's daughter was developing normally at 18 months, beautiful little girl, was just so outgoing, and immediately after they got their 18 month shots, complete withdrawal, complete lost all language and is 5 non-verbal so it's going to be hard to deter those parents who have seen that dramatic damage.
And being the parent of a child with autism, the hardest part is not knowing, not knowing what causes it, and so you blame yourself.
Hopefully this will just answer some questions, so we can move on to something else and find out what's causing this."
The Autism Association of Northeast Arkansas continues to search for those answers by providing education and spreading awareness of autism disorders. They are currently planning their 3rd Annual Autism Awareness Conference along with events for April which is Autism Awareness month.