Donald Trump says vaccinations are causing an autism ‘epidemic’

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Expert entertainer Donald Trump suggested during a nationally televised Republican debate that vaccines trigger autism, a theory that has been massively challenged.

" Autism has actually become an epidemic. Twenty-five years earlier, 35 years ago, you look at the statistics, not even close," Trump said. "I am totally in favor of vaccines but I want smaller doses over a longer amount of time."

Trump related the story of an employee's "lovely kid [who] went to have the vaccine and returned and a week later on got a tremendous fever, got extremely, really ill, now is autistic."

All states need specific immunizations in order for kids to be admitted to public schools, with restricted exceptions for spiritual or health reasons. Some moms and dads fret vaccines cause autism, a theory supported by less than a shred of proof. Some other parents prefer slowing the schedule of immunizations to reduce the danger of autism, another unsupported theory.

The Centers for Illness Control and Prevention describes the threat of postponing immunizations: "Some vaccine-preventable diseases stay typical in the United States, and kids may be exposed to these diseases throughout the time they are not safeguarded by vaccines, positioning them at threat for a major case of the illness that might cause hospitalization or death."

Skipping or postponing vaccinations also deteriorates herd immunity, which secures people who are too young to have actually been immunized.

Mediator Jake Tapper invited Dr. Ben Carson to weigh in on Trump's analysis. Carson declined to contradict Trump directly.

Donald Trump says vaccinations are causing an autism 'epidemic'.
Donald Trump says vaccinations are causing an autism 'epidemic'.
" The fact of the matter is, we have very well-documented proof that there is no autism connected with vaccinations," Carson said. "But it is true that we are most likely paving the way a lot of in too brief an amount of time.".

Donald Trump says vaccinations are causing an autism 'epidemic'

Professional entertainer Donald Trump suggested during a nationally televised Republican debate that vaccines cause autism, a theory that has been massively discredited.

"Autism has become an epidemic. Twenty-five years ago, 35 years ago, you look at the statistics, not even close," Trump said. "I am totally in favor of vaccines but I want smaller doses over a longer period of time."

Trump related the story of an employee's "beautiful child [who] went to have the vaccine and came back and a week later got a tremendous fever, got very, very sick, now is autistic."

All states require certain immunizations in order for children to be admitted to public schools, with limited exceptions for religious or health reasons. Some parents worry vaccines cause autism, a theory supported by less than a shred of evidence. Some other parents favor slowing the schedule of immunizations to reduce the risk of autism, another unsupported theory.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains the risk of delaying immunizations: "Some vaccine-preventable diseases remain common in the United States, and children may be exposed to these diseases during the time they are not protected by vaccines, placing them at risk for a serious case of the disease that might cause hospitalization or death."

Skipping or delaying vaccinations also weakens herd immunity, which protects people who are too young to have been immunized.

Moderator Jake Tapper invited Dr. Ben Carson to weigh in on Trump's analysis. Carson declined to contradict Trump directly.

Donald Trump says vaccinations are causing an autism 'epidemic'
Donald Trump says vaccinations are causing an autism 'epidemic'
"The fact of the matter is, we have extremely well-documented proof that there is no autism associated with vaccinations," Carson said. "But it is true that we are probably giving way too many in too short a period of time."

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