Leaders in Autism Community Speak Out on Measles Vaccine

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Autism Speaks, the largest autism advocacy group, urges for all children to be vaccinated for measles. While most doctors say the measles vaccine is safe, it has been controversial since a now-discredited study claimed to link the shot to autism.



"Leaders in Autism Community Speak Out on Measles Vaccine." Hallie Jackson, correspondent. NBC Nightly News. NBCUniversal Media. 4 Feb. 2015. NBC Learn. Web. 8 September 2018.


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Leaders in Autism Community Speak Out on Measles Vaccine


The head of the CDC is issuing a new warning tonight about this growing measles outbreak. We are also hearing from the organization at the forefront of the autism awareness community, Autism Speaks, about why children should get vaccinated and the false information still lingering out there, stoking fears about vaccines among some parents. We get our report tonight from NBC's Hallie Jackson.

HALLIE JACKSON, reporting:

Hundreds of travelers at the Seattle airport are now being told they may have been exposed to measles, the latest alert and a national outbreak that has the head of the CDC warning today it could get worse.

DR. TOM FRIEDEN (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Director): We're concerned that measles could gain a foothold in this country if we don't stop it.

JACKSON: More measles cases were reported in January alone than in most years since 2000 when the virus was declared wiped out. Experts say measles can spread fast when vaccination rates dipped below 90%. It's why health officials are trying to send a message- The shot is safe and necessary to stop the spread of a virus almost ten times more contagious than Ebola. That episode last year, according to some critics, damaged the CDC's credibility. The CDC came under fire for how it handled the Ebola outbreak then, so why should people trust you now when it comes to this measles outbreak that's happening in this country?

DR. FRIEDEN: We rely on science. And we ask people to look at the data. We've seen the success of the measles program globally.

JACKSON: Most doctors say getting vaccinated should not be controversial, but it has been to some ever since a now-discredited study was published 17 years ago claiming to link the measles shot to autism.

SETH MNOOKIN (The Panic Virus Author): Once you scare someone, it's very hard to un-scare them.

JACKSON: But one of the nation's biggest and most well-respected autism advocacy groups believe, it's clear, "Vaccines do not cause autism. We urge that all children be fully vaccinated."

CARRIE CARIELLO: Sure you want some apple?

JACKSON: All five of Carrie Cariello's kids are, including Jack who has autism. She does not believe it was caused by the measles shot.

CARRIE CARIELLO: I believe the research that they don't, and I see in my own world that they haven't.

JACKSON: Her recent blog post wrapped up more than a million views, readers applauding her conclusion.

CARIELLO: Yes, there's science, and yes, there's anecdote. But for me at the end of the day he's exactly the way he's supposed to be.

JACKSON: Hallie Jackson, NBC News, Los Angeles.