Whistleblower Claims that CDC Covered Up Link between Vaccines and Autism

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A whistleblower claims that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) manipulated data to cover up a higher rate of autism in African-American boys. The whistleblower caught the attention of Dr. Brian Hooker, who is part of Focus Autism Foundation, an anti-vaccine group.

Hooker says the whistleblower directed him to evidence showing a statistically significant relationship between the age of the MMR vaccine was first given and autism in African-American boys. Originally, the data included 2,583 children living in Atlanta Georgia born between 1986 and 1993. According to Hooker, this sample was reduced by 41 percent after CDC researchers excluded children who did not have a valid State of Georgia birth certificate. The informant says that this information was hidden by the CDC. It is important to note that association is not causation.

Despite the claims being pushed by anti-vaccine groups, the vast majority of scientific literature shows no link between vaccines and autism. There have been thousands sof peer-reviewed articles showing that a child’s risk for autism is not affected by vaccines. In fact, scientists are more worried about the risk of not vaccinating children, which is associated with an increased in diseases such as measles and whooping cough. A Healthier Michigan reports that Dr. Michael J. Smith, a pediatrician at the University of Louisville who studies immunizations and development health outcomes, says that skipping or postponing vaccinations is analogous to not buckling your child’s car seat.

An article posted on WebMD.com states that “The American Academy of Pediatrics, the CDC, the World Health Organization, and the Institute of Medicine all agree that there’s probably no relationship between autism and vaccines.”