The questioning finally came around to Republican front-runner, Donald Trump’s views on vaccines and autism during the CNN debate last night and the billionaire developer continued his strange, convoluted, unproven reasoning concerning vaccines.
It started out when physician, Dr. Ben Carson was asked about Trump’s views on the topic: Should Mr. Trump stop saying this?
Carson, a famed pediatric neurosurgeon, said:
Well, let me put it this way, there has — there have been numerous studies, and they have not demonstrated that there is any correlation between vaccinations and autism. (accurate)
This was something that was spread widely 15 or 20 years ago, and it has not been adequately, you know, revealed to the public what’s actually going on. Vaccines are very important. Certain ones. The ones that would prevent death or crippling. (huh?)
There are others, there are a multitude of vaccines which probably don’t fit in that category, and there should be some discretion in those cases. (huh#2?).
As Forbes contributor and freelance science writer, Tara Haelle asks Dr. Carson in her excellent critic:
The problem is, our country doesn’t make or recommend vaccines that aren’t important, that don’t prevent death. In the article she lists 12 vaccines on the CDC childhood schedule from birth to age 18.
So, I have a question for Dr. Carson. I’d like to know which one of these we should “use discretion” with. Which ones are not important enough to administer?
She also points out critically that both Carson and Sen. (Dr.) Rand Paul both played along with “Dr.” Trump’s position that “I am totally in favor of vaccines, but I want smaller doses over a longer period of time.”
How did Trump respond to the question of how he would handle being over the CDC and NIH if he became president?
Let’s take a look:
Autism has become an epidemic. Twenty-five years ago, 35 years ago, you look at the statistics, not even close. It has gotten totally out of control.
I am totally in favor of vaccines. But I want smaller doses over a longer period of time. Because you take a baby in — and I’ve seen it — and I’ve seen it, and I had my children taken care of over a long period of time, over a two or three year period of time.
Same exact amount, but you take this little beautiful baby, and you pump — I mean, it looks just like it’s meant for a horse, not for a child, and we’ve had so many instances, people that work for me.
Just the other day, two years old, two and a half years old, a child, a beautiful child went to have the vaccine, and came back, and a week later got a tremendous fever, got very, very sick, now is autistic. (Who’s child? Trump does not say).
I only say it’s not — I’m in favor of vaccines, do them over a longer period of time, same amount.
Do vaccines cause autism? I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count the scientific studies that debunk that myth.
There is even a recently published study from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which puts Trump’s, Carson’s and Paul’s argument to rest, where the authors state: “Delaying or spacing out vaccines puts children and other vulnerable people in the population at risk for vaccine-preventable diseases with potentially severe outcomes.”