Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stood by a disproved claim that vaccinations are linked to autism during the GOP debate on Sept. 16 on CNN (video below).
Trump cited an "epidemic" of autism, claimed that he was "totally in favor of vaccines," but said he wanted "smaller doses over a longer period of time," notes Mediaite.com.
"If 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 some many instances.
"People that work for me, just the other day, 2 years old, 2 1/2 years old, the child, the 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.
"I only say, it's not, I'm in favor of vaccines, do them over a longer period of time, same amount, but just in little sections. I think you're going to have, I think you're going to see a big impact on autism."
CNN host Jake Tapper asked Ben Carson about the issue, and Carson said of Trump, "He's an OK doctor."
"But you know, the fact of the matter is, we have extremely well documented that there's no autism associated with vaccinations, but it is true that we are probably giving way too many in too short of period of time. And a lot of pediatricians now recognize that, and, I think, are cutting down on the number and the proximity in which those are done."
"And that's all I'm saying Jake, that's all I'm saying," Trump chimed in.
The American Academy of Pediatrics states on its website: "Scientific studies comparing thousands of children who received the vaccine with thousands of children who have not have been completed, and have not found a relationship between the vaccine and autism."
As far as giving too many vaccinations too soon, which Carson and Trump mentioned, APP says:
"Babies are exposed to many more antigens every day than what they will get in the vaccines. Antigen exposure happens every time they eat, play on the floor or put a toy in their mouth. Although infants do receive a lot of shots, they are given at the time babies are most at risk of illness and serious complications from the disease. The diseases that vaccines prevent are very serious and can cause, liver damage, heart disease, or hearing loss, all of which can last a lifetime, or even death."
"Vaccines are well-studied to make sure that it is safe to give them all at once.
"Even though children get more vaccines today than they did in the past, the number of antigens is fewer."