Yeah, we all hear the message. Some people buy into the idea that vaccines can cause autism. But, do they really believe that their child was made autistic by vaccines?
People who believe that their child was injured by vaccines in the U.S. can apply for compensation from the government. They “petition” the government. If you’ve followed this story, you’ve no doubt heard that over 5,000 families have petitioned the government claiming autism as a vaccine injury.
How many people petitioned the government in 2009?
Yep, fewer than one a month. About 250 times fewer than the peak. The 2010 count is much lower than the 2009 count (108) that I wrote about last year.
The Natural Variation Autism Blog discusses the fact that the number of reports to VAERS system, and the number of autism/vaccine news stories has dropped dramatically too.