Donald Trump’s Belief that ‘Vaccines can Cause Autism’ Spells Bad News for People with the Condition
Donald Trump, during a White House meeting has again raised his concerns about what he termed as a tremendous increase in autism rates. His concerns were in line with his statement last January when he said that vaccines can cause autism. This doesn't bode well for people with the condition.
According to the Independent, the president of the United States of America, Donald Trump, has again expressed his belief that vaccines can cause autism during a recent White House meeting. While there have been countless scientific studies that conclude that vaccines such as the MMR, the vaccines for measles, mumps, and rubella, have no links to autism, Trump's belief that vaccines can cause autism opens the doorways for challenging these previously proven studies.
Donald Trump is known as a supporter of anti-vaccination groups. Back in 2014 he Twitted that many cases of autism has been reported as directly caused by vaccinations.
Healthy young child goes to doctor, gets pumped with massive shot of many vaccines, doesn't feel good and changes - AUTISM. Many such cases!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2014
This issue, Trump's belief that vaccines can cause autism, is bad news for people having the condition. Groups lobbying for more funding for autism research will find themselves fighting the same battles all over again. Instead of presenting their plan and goals and moving forward with their research, they would be answering questions about the condition that has already been settled and proven before.
Available in the US since 1963, the MMR vaccine is credited to have eliminated measles in the country. However, the White House meeting revealed what the president's stand regarding vaccines.
Trump is reportedly appointing Robert F Kennedy Jr., a known supporter of the theory that vaccines can cause autism, as the new chairman of the "Vaccine Safety" Commission. The President's claim may blind people to health risks of not having vaccines, instead, people might be misinformed and all together forgo vaccination of their babies.
And that is not the worst news with respect to the issues between Donald Trump's beliefs that vaccinations can cause autism.Latino's Health reported that the Trump administration has included the vaccine-autism link study as part of the US$ 54 billion budget cut.
While experts have debunked the links of vaccination to autism, anti-vaccination groups would rally behind President Donald Trump and would lobby their cause harder. And with the budget for scientific research already cut further research about the cause, implications, or possible prevention of autism would stall.