Flu vaccine given to pregnant women doesn’t cause autism. Is anyone surprised?

3 Mar

I happened to run across this study from last year: Maternal Influenza A(H1N1) Immunization During Pregnancy and Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Offspring : A Cohort Study and thought it worth highlighting. The anti-vaccine movement has been good at moving goalposts and one of their lines in recent years has been that vaccines are dangerous for pregnant women. One line of “logic” holds that as mercury was phased out of vaccines, the influenza vaccine was given to pregnant women. Thus, we are told by anti-vaccine activists, explains why there was never their predicted drop in autism rates as thimerosal was phased out of vaccines.

The conclusion of the study is one line:

This large cohort study found no association between maternal H1N1 vaccination during pregnancy and risk for ASD in the offspring.

Will this convince the remaining anti-vaccine activists? Of course not. Is this surprising? No.

But it is worth noting another study which debunks their dangerous misinformation.


By Matt Carey

4 Responses to “Flu vaccine given to pregnant women doesn’t cause autism. Is anyone surprised?”

  1. Paul Wady March 4, 2021 at 07:43 #

    I recommend Brian Deer’s excellent book on Wakefield, The Doctor Who Fooled The World as a means of cyphering all of this. I think I will do that every chance I get.

    It’s a bit obvious we have a faith based cult operating here. I started using the term Biological Terrorists around the Anti Vaccination movement last year and I doubt I will ever stop.

    Then Covid appeared, and all sorts of people became visible through declaring they would never take any vaccine for it. Probably any vaccinations at all. It’s called natural selection.

    I see a process happening that will become most apparent by the end of the century, if we can get all the statistics and incident facts collated. A movement of people literally committing suicide. Bodies change. Viruses evolve and mutate. Ah, the technical terms we are all using as if we knew what we were talking about. The Anti Vaccination people just cannot see the simplicity in life. Revelling in complicating what is such a simple thing. You either protect yourself, or your body ages and then what?

    Vaccination has never caused autism as they use the term. I lost interest in that business years ago, when I became more interested in what I though might happen when people started boycotting vaccination. Now, it has.

  2. Anders Gustafsson March 4, 2021 at 08:27 #

    Thanks Matt! Will read the study

    • Nim Wilde March 9, 2021 at 03:30 #

      Every childhood vaccine insert says…
      [snip]

      • Sullivan (Matt Carey) March 18, 2021 at 19:42 #

        Wow, what the F does that have to do with the post above?

        NOTHING

        NIm Wilde trolls the internet to try to create fear above vaccines. So I edited your comment.

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