I don't have a child with autism, but I have a young child and I am concerned about vaccinations. How do I know if he is at risk for getting autism?

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I don't have a child with autism, but I have a young child and I am concerned about vaccinations. How do I know if he is at risk for getting autism?

We can't say for sure, but there are certain risk factors that should raise a red flag:

  1. Is there an older sibling with allergies, eczema, asthma, autism/PDD, or ADHD?
  2. Does the child's parents or immediate family suffer from autoimmune or gut-related diseases like MS, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile diabetes, hypothyroidism, celiac disease, Crohn's disease, etc? Do they have food or environmental allergies, or asthma, or eczema?
  3. Has the child already had an adverse reaction such as fever, seizures, or high-pitched screaming after previous vaccinations?
  4. Does the child have a history of allergies, respiratory infections or ear infections?
  5. Is the child currently on antibiotics, sick or getting over a cold? Vaccinating when a child's immune system is down may have effects that are not yet understood.

If the above questions give you reason for concern, discuss postponing the child's vaccines with his doctor until he is older and his immune system is stronger. Some doctors recommend that at such a time, for children in the risk group, vaccines should be given in their single form, such as measles alone, wait 6 months, mumps alone, etc.

Don't be intimidated by statements like "there are no studies linking autism with vaccinations" or that "such things are very rare." This is simply not true. Several studies have given us great cause for concern. Never have we had such an aggressive vaccination policy, and parents of autistic children commonly report normal development before autistic regression following a vaccine. School districts across the country are now reporting as many as 1/139 children with autism. To make an informed decision, check out websites like the National Vaccine Information Center (www.909shot.com) and the Autism Autoimmunity Project (www.gti.net/truegrit).


The content on this website is not to be taken as medical advice. We have gathered information here so that you can make an informed decision in partnership with your medical practitioner.

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Lisa S. Lewis, Ph.D.

Lisa S. Lewis, Ph.D. Lisa S. Lewis, Ph.D. is the author of Special Diets For Special Kids I & II, the foremost books on gluten and casein-free diets for children with disabilities.

Karyn Seroussi

Karyn Seroussi Karyn Seroussi is the author of Unraveling the Mystery of Autism and PDD, the story of her son's autism recovery through dietary and other biomedical interventions.

Helping since 1995

Together Lewis and Seroussi created the Autism Network for Dietary Intervention (ANDI.) Since 1995, ANDI has been helping and supporting parents using dietary and biomedical interventions for autism spectrum disorders. Last year, Lisa and Karyn again joined forces and put the sum of their knowledge in a new book, The Encyclopedia of Dietary Interventions. They continue to write and speak on the topic of dietary intervention, and to support other parents around the world.