A new report says autism is rising among American children. Many parents fear vaccinations cause Autism, and that explains the increases concern over the H1N1 vaccine to young kids.
10 year old Kenneth Gonzales has autism. His dad, Keith says, "To have a child with autism moderate to severe, it changes your life so dramatically, you ask the questions, how, why what can be done?"
Many parents believe mercury found in vaccines causes autism. The Gonzales family does not share this belief but they do know other families who won't give their kids any vaccinations. Karen Gonzales explains, "I think it's a fear just like with any vaccination, you're not really sure what can happen, side effects."
There is no medical research that supports the claim that mercury in vaccines causes autism. As the new H1N1 vaccine becomes available, doctor's worry some families may not take advantage of the shot. Ochsner geneticist Dr. Dmitriy Niyazov says he's fearful more children will die from H1N1 if they're not vaccinated. "Every time you withhold the vaccine that could potentially immunize you and save your life, eventually, there will be repercussions" Niyazov says.
He says bottom line, parents need to be better informed about vaccines. "On the part of the doctors and community, I think there's not enough effort to try to go out and reach out and educate parents on what's real and what's not" Niyazov concludes.
The new studies that claim autism is on the rise say about 1 in 100 American children have autism disorders, that's higher than a previous estimate of 1 in 150.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times