By Amber Gristak
Wednesday August 19, 2009 marked a big day in the world of vaccinations. An early morning press conference, held at Kansas City’s Children’s Mercy Hospital, announced that five medical centers in the United States have begun testing the anticipated H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine. According to published reports, the vaccination is scheduled to be market-ready by this October.
Children’s Mercy Hospital is one of the locations where the administered tests have begun. They are taking place in the hospital’s Infectious Disease Department. A number was released for information, however, at this time, it lacks info. Hopefully, it will get updated soon. The number is 816-460-1041.
In an attempt to find out more about the study, I contacted the hospital and spoke with Stephanie, an employee in that department. In regards to the H1N1 testing, she told me that, there is “no actual shot yet.” Her friendly tone, had that familiar Midwestern accent, and went onto say that “It’s a big, long, detailed process… there’s a lot of lab work.”
At the press conference, it was announced that four children from two families have volunteered to receive the vaccine. An employee at the Kansas based hospital confirmed with me that the study had enrolled 600 participants. They were unable to take anymore. Multiple reports have stated that each child will receive two doses of the vaccine against the H1N1 virus.
Reports claim it will be a series of two shots. Various doctors have made recommendations to the Centers for Disease Control for it to be given in addition to the seasonal flu vaccine.
More interestingly is what is going on, on the MOM-O-METER. I have been browsing the online communities and already there is a serious backlash from many parents.
Many parents worry that this new vaccination could be linked to the creation of autism. Why? According to many published reports, there are claims of various vaccinations bringing out genes predisposed to the neurological disorder.
Winston-Salem resident, Jane Paterson has an 11-year-old son with autism. Following the press conference she expressed her views on these possible vaccinations to icare4autism. She said, “If there is a possible risk from the vaccine, greater than actually getting the swine flu, then it seems crazy to take the chance to me.”
Numerous mothers of children with autism are commenting on how they watched their children change dramatically, after receiving childhood vaccinations. They worry for other parents across the globe.
A member of the popular icare4autism business page on Facebook, left the following comment on a note about vaccinations: “My doctor gave my child her 12 and 18 month immunizations together, because she was behind with her shots, and I watched my child, within hours of receiving hers, become very ill… She lost full eye contact within a month, 20+ words with in two months and then six months later was told she had autism!”
Next week, St. Louis University medical center will administer a study for the vaccine in children.