The GOP debates vaccines and autism but forgets about the science

Billionaire businessman and US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump once again stood his ground on his controversial idea of vaccines being linked to autism.

At the GOP debate on Wednesday night, Trump told over twenty million viewers that “We’ve had so many instances … a beautiful little baby went to have the vaccine, got very, very sick, and now is autistic.”

The line of questioning originally started with CNN’s Jake Tapper asking Dr. Ben Carson , “Donald Trump has publicly and repeatedly linked vaccines, childhood vaccines, to autism, which, as you know, the medical community adamantly disputes,” adding “You’re a pediatric neurosurgeon. Should Mr. Trump stop saying this?”  But Carson, a doctor, failed to adequately answer this.

Carson’s hesitant reply, “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.”

In essence, the message that was sent to the millions of individuals living on the spectrum was that it would be better for your child to be dead than have autism, considering that vaccines are fully intended to prevent death.

In 2000, a disease like the measles and the one that was in question last night, was declared eliminated in the United States. Measles erupted in outbreaks once again in 2014 hitting an unvaccinated Amish community in Ohio with over three hundred reported infections and over six hundred cases total spread throughout twenty seven states.

One hundred and eighty eight cases were reported between January 1, 2015 through August 21, 2015 in twenty four states and the District of Columbia resulting from five outbreaks. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention noted that these outbreaks continue in the US because people are electing not to vaccinate their children.

Two decades of extensive scientific research confirms that vaccines do not cause autism.

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