Deception: The American Academy of Pediatrics Does Not Currently Claim that Vaccines Don’t Cause Autism

While the current administration of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claims that “vaccines do not cause autism,” three of her sister agencies do not hold that position. Neither does the American Academy of Pediatrics according to its most recent statement in 2018.

In March of 2008, Dr. David Tayloe, President Elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics, appeared on The Today Show to discuss vaccines and autism and made the statement that, “I think any of the vaccines we have today have been tested and proven to be safe, and the credible studies don’t show any relationship between vaccines and permanent injury.” He denied all vaccine injury, including any possible link to autism.

In January of 2017 the AAP posted a new statement:

Claims that vaccines are linked to autism, or are unsafe when administered according to the recommended schedule, have been disproven by a robust body of medical literature.

American Academy of Pediatrics Emphasizes Safety and Importance of Vaccines
AAP Newsroom
by: Fernando Stein, MD, FAAP, President, American Academy of Pediatrics, and Karen Remley, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAP, CEO/Executive Vice President, American Academy of Pediatrics

This is a demonstratively false claim, as the full body of research has not disproven that vaccines are linked to autism. Only one vaccine MMR and two ingredients (thimerosal and aluminum) have been researched to look for links to autism, and all three have shown links. There are 13 vaccines on the CDC recommended schedule that have not ever been studied to see if they have a link to autism:

And the claim that it has been disproven that vaccines are “unsafe when administered according to the recommended schedule ” is an absurdity. It has been codified into law via the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act that vaccines are “unavoidably unsafe” and will harm and kill some patients when used as directed. The US has an entire program inside the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources Services Administration to compensate for injury and death to Americans for whom vaccines are unsafe when administered according to the recommended schedule.

The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has paid out more than 4 Billion dollars for those cases.

The AAP’s most recent statement now takes no firm position on the link in its official stance, but merely comments on one segment of the research. This is their discussion on the topic:

“Over the past decade, questions have been raised regarding a relationship between autism and vaccines. Along with general safety concerns, parents have wondered about:

– Too many vaccines overwhelming the immune system

– The measles, mumps, rubella combination vaccine (MMR)

– The preservative thimerosal, which was never present in MMR but was present in several vaccines used in the 1990s—it has since been removed from all routinely used childhood vaccines with the exception of flu.

Research has been conducted on all of these topics, and the studies continue to find vaccines to be a safe and effective way to prevent serious disease.

This article lists those studies and provides links to the publications to allow parents—and all those who administer or recommend vaccines—to read the evidence for themselves. These studies do not show any link between autism and MMR vaccine, thimerosal, multiple vaccines given at once, fevers or seizures. Note: This is not an exhaustive list—vaccine safety studies are constantly being conducted and published and may not be reflected here.

Vaccine Safety: Examine the Evidence
the American Academy of Pediatrics

Note the last two sentences state that, while the studies they list show no link, that they admit that they do not list all the research on the relationship between vaccines and autism.

Note that they do not list any of the papers that we have cited that do demonstrate links between vaccines and autism. They have simply cherry picked the research, excluding any of the following 150+ papers:

158 Papers Supporting the Vaccine Autism Link

Note that they only list papers on limited number of topics, MMR, thimerosal and the numbers of antigens given. They do not include any papers on aluminum, the number of vaccines given, or vaccines with human cell lines. Nor do they include papers that do find links between MMR and autism and Thimerosal and autism.

Finally, note that they use the authors and papers at the center of current scandals, published by DeStefano, Boyle, Yeargen-Allsopp, Thompson, Thorsen and Madsen.

While the deceptive statement, read quickly, seems to say that there is not a link between vaccines and autism, read carefully one finds that it actually doesn’t. It simply presents the research that shows no link, notes that there is other research they are not listing, and tells the public to:

Please examine the evidence for yourself. If you have any questions, speak with your pediatrician.

The only safety claim that the AAP makes in this statement is that the cherry picked list of studies they list, that leave out any paper that finds a link between vaccines and autism, “continue to find vaccines to be a safe and effective way to prevent serious disease.” No autism claim is made at all.

When a pediatrician who is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics claims that vaccines do not cause autism, they are, either knowingly or unknowingly, making a safety claim that are outside of their organization’s safety position.

They are, knowingly or unknowingly, committing fraud to sell a product, by making a unfounded safety claim, because they trust the CDC, even when it makes statements that are not supported by the research, three other federal health agencies, and their own professional organization.

We strongly encourage disciples of Christ who are medical professionals to examine the safety and efficacy claim of these worldly organizations carefully, as well as the full body of research in detail, and to carefully walk, not as unwise men, but as wise.

“You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another.”

Leviticus 19:11

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