Infant Primates Given Vaccines on U.S. Children's Immunization Schedule Develop Biomedical and Behavioral Symptoms of Autism

Monday, May 19, 2008 General News
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NIXA, Mo., May 19 A primate model for autismusing the U.S. children's immunization schedule was unveiled at theInternational Meeting For Autism Research (IMFAR) this weekend. The researchunderscores the critical need for studies into vaccine safety and the immuneand mitochondrial dysfunction of autistic children. The National AutismAssociation (NAA) questions why the government hasn't undertaken these vitalstudies and why researchers have had to depend on private money to performthis critical science that will surely impact the health of millions ofchildren worldwide.

Using infant macaque monkeys, University of Pittsburgh's Dr. LauraHewitson, Ph.D., described how vaccinated animals, when compared tounvaccinated animals, showed significant neurodevelopmental deficits and"significant associations between specific aberrant social and non-socialbehaviors, isotope binding, and vaccine exposure."

Researchers also reported, "vaccinated animals exhibited progressivelysevere chronic active inflammation whereas unexposed animals did not" andfound "many significant differences in the GI tissue gene expression profilesbetween vaccinated and unvaccinated animals." Gastrointestinal issues are acommon symptom of children with regressive autism.

NAA calls for the NIH to conduct large scale, non-epidemiological studiesinto the biomedical symptoms surrounding young children and all vaccines,including those containing the mercury-based preservative thimerosal and otheradditives like aluminum.

This request for further research echoes that of Dr. Bernadine Healy,Former NIH Director in a CBS interview earlier this week. "I think publichealth officials have been too quick to dismiss the hypothesis as'irrational,' without sufficient studies of causation...without studying thepopulation that got sick," Healy said. "I have not seen major studies thatfocus on 300 kids who got autistic symptoms within a period of a few weeks ofthe vaccines."

Recently the government's vaccine court conceded the case of HannahPoling, admitting that vaccines triggered her regression into autism byexacerbating mitochondrial dysfunction. "The recent Poling case and this newresearch provide further evidence that the CDC has fallen down on their job toprotect children from harm. The biomedical research to date suggests thatparental reports of regression following vaccination is not only plausible,but likely in certain individuals," said Scott Bono, NAA Chairman. "To date,the CDC has conducted no safety testing on the possible harmful effects ofsimultaneously administering multiple vaccines to infants, and has steadfastlyrefused to state a preference for mercury-free vaccines to be given tochildren and pregnant women. It's time for HHS and Congress to step in andtake vaccine safety away from the CDC."

On June 4th, parents of vaccine-injured children will rally for toxin-freeimmunizations in Washington, DC. For more information about the "Green OurVaccines" rally or the new primate study visit


Wendy Fournier (Portsmouth, RI) 401-835-5828

Rita Shreffler (Nixa, MO) 401-632-6452

SOURCE National Autism Association

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