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Why Vaccinations Don’t “Cause” Autism, And Why You Don’t Know What You’re Talking About.

The Covid-19 Vaccine creation and rollout have further illustrated the general public’s misunderstanding and distrust for vaccines. When people don’t understand things, they are twisted into fragmented new “truths”. This piece will be a complete dissection of vaccinations as they relate to disease prevention, side effects, and social deception. Links will be in text.

It would be helpful if we first reconciled the jargon with the cultural and colloquial usage. First we have, vaccinate, which simply means to administer a vaccine, usually targeted at a specific infectious microbe. A vaccine is a weakened or completely dead and/or chopped up version of either a virus or bacterium. This harmless or significantly weakened version of the organism is now innocuous. When these harmless bits of genetic material are administered via injection, one is now inoculated. Lastly, there is immunization. This refers to providing immunity from the infection to the immune system, in the form of antibodies. This immunity can be gained from a single dose or a series of doses, and may also require a booster or an entirely new round of vaccination.

Vaccine Types

There are multiple ways to create an immunity building vaccine. Each microorganism presents its own structure; therefore, they require specific means to tear them down. *Note: many microbiologists insist that viruses are not living. This is because a virus must use host cells to replicate; it cannot do it alone.* This is important for vaccination manufacturing. One method of vaccine development uses live-attenuated, or weakened, viruses to develop a complete genetic profile for your immune system to synthesize. This allows your body to create a map for defending against the virus. Vaccines in this group include measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), varicella (the chicken pox), and the INHALED version of the flu vaccination.

Another common vaccine type is the inactivated version. This utilizes the inactive genetic material of the virus. This type has no living or functioning components. An example of this type of vaccine is the flu shot. The takeaway here is that no matter how shitty you felt after getting that injection, you did NOT get the flu from the vaccine. You were experiencing your immune system learning how to defend you against those particular strains of influenza. The key difference between these two methods is essentially the degree to which your immune system is strengthened. Imagine getting into a bar fight with a professional boxer. If the boxer has a broken arm and you win the fight, you gain some experience in how you can beat him. However, if you fight him again after his arm has healed, you might know how to beat him, but are you able to win? If you have trained to fight him at full strength, you have a much better chance at winning the fight.

As technology advances, the methods of vaccination become more sophisticated, and allow immunity to be gained without being exposed to any part of the actual virus. Scientists have been able to create vaccines that target a specific component of the microbe. These targeted vaccines attack specific parts of the virus such as a sugar, a protein, casing surrounding the virus genetic material. Some vaccines can even target toxins created by bacteria. These are called toxoid vaccines and are used against tetanus and diphtheria. The DTaP vaccine and TDaP booster shot protect against (D)iptheria, (T)etanus, and (P)ertussis (whooping cough). Vector vaccines are another elegant means of protection. This type of vaccine uses a different and less dangerous virus to carry cellular information into the body for the immune system to process, somewhat like a Trojan Horse. The last subtype of vaccine uses the mRNA of the microbe to initiate an immune response. In most cases Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) functions as a messenger from DNA carrying cellular instructions. However, some viruses use RNA as the housing of their genetic code. The most widely used Covid19 vaccines are mRNA vaccines. mRNA sends a message telling the cell to replicate information, for Covid19, it is the spike protein, which is the virus's means of attachment to the host. The mRNA sends a signal to create the protein, the protein attaches to the muscle cell, the immune system seeks and destroys, and finally it stores the information for the next time it sees that protein.

Now with a working knowledge of vaccinations, let’s examine the idea that they cause Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In 1998, a FORMER surgeon, Andrew Wakefeild, published a paper claiming that the MMR vaccine was linked to a new gastrointestinal syndrome in which a new colitis caused ASD.



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