Sharyl Attkisson: Vaccines and Autism: Why the Debate Still Rages
It is unsurprising that many Americans are confused about the U.S. government’s position on an alleged vaccine-autism link. Government officials and scientists have come down firmly — on both sides of the question.
The Centers for Disease Control website states unequivocally “Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism,” “There is no link between vaccines and autism,” and “Vaccine ingredients do not cause autism.” (Read the CDC info here.)
Additionally, public health officials, vaccine industry advocates and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) — which will not disclose the total amount of vaccine industry funding it receives– often refer to a vaccine-autism link as a “myth.” (Read examples of testimony here.)
However, numerous government officials, testimony and court cases directly contradict these stances. Here are four examples.