Having a child diagnosed with autism can be devastating for some parents.
“I was emotionally crushed,” said Victoria Blessing. “I still sometimes have days like that.”
Victoria’s son, Connor, was diagnosed with autism in 1997 and at the time vaccine, were looked at as a major trigger.
“The vaccine thing was out there,” Victoria said. “I didn’t think it was the vaccines. I internally thought maybe it was something I had done during the pregnancy.”
But at one point, she did delay vaccinating her son until she did more research on the topic. Now, Victoria and other parents have more evidence that vaccinations are not linked to autism
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just looked at 1,000 children with or without autism and researchers found no connection between the sheer number of early childhood vaccinations and autism risk. The study was published in the March 29 edition of The Journal of Pediatrics.
Some parents will always have in the back of their mind a question about whether the vaccines cause something to trigger autism but doctors hope this new study gives everyone a little more peace of mind.
“This study was very well done and I’m hopeful that what it’s going to tell the parents is don’t worry, finally put this to rest,” said Dr. Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber. “There is no link between autism and vaccines and there never has been.”
Dr. Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber with IU Health said parents can face other devastating consequences by not getting their children vaccinated.
“When you’ve seen children that have died or are severely injured from diseases that we have a vaccine for it seems like it’s just incomprehensible to me,” said Dr. Rohr-Kirchgraber.
As for Victoria, she has dedicated her career to helping children with autism at the Little Star Center in Carmel.
“There’s a lot of support out there,” said Victoria. “There is a lot of hope.”