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Vaccines: The benefits outweigh the risks

Frequently, parents ask me if there is any connection between vaccinations and the rate of autism.  I have not seen any solid scientific evidence linking vaccinations to autism.  Autism symptoms become most evident around the age of 18 months because that is when many parents notice that their child is not as verbal as other children.  This is also coincidentally when children get a round of vaccines.

Do I think there are some children that have severe side effects to vaccinations?  Yes, there are – there are always a small percentage of people that get severe reactions to any medication.   Do these severe reactions cause actual autism?  It’s rather unlikely, especially considering the increasing evidence that autism is a genetic disorder. 

There are benefits and risks to any medication – but the benefits of the vaccinations greatly outweigh the risks. 

I’m more concerned about a disease epidemic, such as measles, due to an increased number of children not receiving vaccinations.   That is what we should be really worried about. 

By |2016-10-05T06:46:14+00:00June 11th, 2008|Categories: Autism, Medication|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Vaccines: The benefits outweigh the risks

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Dr. Stephanie Sarkis is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), and AMHCA Diplomate and Clinical Specialist in Child and Adolescent Counseling based in Tampa Bay, Florida, where she specializes in the treatment of ADD/ADHD. Dr. Sarkis conducts evaluations, testing, diagnosis, and counseling services. She also is a public speaker, consultant, coach, and is a facilitator in collaborative law.