Leading Vaccine Safety Group Questions Interpretation of IOM Report On Autism and MMR Vaccine

Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from National Vaccine Information Center

    WASHINGTON, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The National
 Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), a non-profit organization representing
 families with vaccine injured children have endorsed some of the conclusions
 of the report released yesterday by the newly created Institute of Medicine
 (IOM) Immunization Review Committee on the hypothesized link between MMR
 vaccine and autism. But the nation's largest and oldest vaccine safety and
 informed consent advocacy group is questioning whether misinterpretation and
 misuse of the Committee's conclusions will compromise public health agency
 commitment to funding vaccine safety research.
     The Institute of Medicine Committee concluded that "the evidence favors
 rejection of the causal relationship at the population level between MMR
 vaccine and autistic spectrum disorders" but also stated that "the proposed
 biological models linking MMR vaccination to autism spectrum disorders,
 although far from established, are nevertheless not disproved."  The Committee
 also called for further scientific research on the occurrence of autism in
 children following MMR vaccination.
     "The Committee clearly acknowledged the biologic plausibility that MMR
 vaccine could be a co-factor in causing autism in some children. But the
 message this report may send out, in practical terms, is that there is
 absolutely no association between vaccination and autism and that the case is
 closed. It can be used by those in industry, government and medical
 organizations with a vested interest in protecting the status quo," said NVIC
 co-founder and president Barbara Loe Fisher. "This would be tragic because it
 could fatally compromise the making of vaccine safety research a priority in
 our society and delay the search for identification of biological markers that
 could predict which children are more vulnerable to vaccine-induced
 neuroimmune dysfunction that can, in some, take the form of autism."
     NVIC has long advocated that scientific research into vaccine-associated
 autism, learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder,
 asthma, and other chronic neuroimmune disorders explore the cumulative effects
 of multiple vaccines in genetically susceptible children.  In the past 30
 years, as vaccine recommendations have increased routine childhood
 vaccinations to 37 doses of 11 different vaccines, there has been a dramatic
 rise in the numbers of chronically ill children in the US, including a
 doubling of those with learning disabilities, asthma, ADHD and diabetes.
 Autism is now affecting 1 in 150 children.
     "The conclusion of the IOM Committee that current scientific evidence
 favors rejection of a causal association between autism and MMR vaccine should
 not be taken out of context. There has been limited scientific research to
 date to investigate the relationship between vaccination and autism and until
 a more rigorous examination is conducted, the case is open, not closed," said
 Fisher.
 
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    WASHINGTON, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The National
 Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), a non-profit organization representing
 families with vaccine injured children have endorsed some of the conclusions
 of the report released yesterday by the newly created Institute of Medicine
 (IOM) Immunization Review Committee on the hypothesized link between MMR
 vaccine and autism. But the nation's largest and oldest vaccine safety and
 informed consent advocacy group is questioning whether misinterpretation and
 misuse of the Committee's conclusions will compromise public health agency
 commitment to funding vaccine safety research.
     The Institute of Medicine Committee concluded that "the evidence favors
 rejection of the causal relationship at the population level between MMR
 vaccine and autistic spectrum disorders" but also stated that "the proposed
 biological models linking MMR vaccination to autism spectrum disorders,
 although far from established, are nevertheless not disproved."  The Committee
 also called for further scientific research on the occurrence of autism in
 children following MMR vaccination.
     "The Committee clearly acknowledged the biologic plausibility that MMR
 vaccine could be a co-factor in causing autism in some children. But the
 message this report may send out, in practical terms, is that there is
 absolutely no association between vaccination and autism and that the case is
 closed. It can be used by those in industry, government and medical
 organizations with a vested interest in protecting the status quo," said NVIC
 co-founder and president Barbara Loe Fisher. "This would be tragic because it
 could fatally compromise the making of vaccine safety research a priority in
 our society and delay the search for identification of biological markers that
 could predict which children are more vulnerable to vaccine-induced
 neuroimmune dysfunction that can, in some, take the form of autism."
     NVIC has long advocated that scientific research into vaccine-associated
 autism, learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder,
 asthma, and other chronic neuroimmune disorders explore the cumulative effects
 of multiple vaccines in genetically susceptible children.  In the past 30
 years, as vaccine recommendations have increased routine childhood
 vaccinations to 37 doses of 11 different vaccines, there has been a dramatic
 rise in the numbers of chronically ill children in the US, including a
 doubling of those with learning disabilities, asthma, ADHD and diabetes.
 Autism is now affecting 1 in 150 children.
     "The conclusion of the IOM Committee that current scientific evidence
 favors rejection of a causal association between autism and MMR vaccine should
 not be taken out of context. There has been limited scientific research to
 date to investigate the relationship between vaccination and autism and until
 a more rigorous examination is conducted, the case is open, not closed," said
 Fisher.
 
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