Can Immunization Cause Baby Autism?
Hello, Good evening Sir / Madam Doctor, My baby is only 1 month old. I intend to do the immunization recommended by a doctor near my home, but there are many rumors stating that immunization can cause babies to become Autism. I skimmed about the disease of autism, that the factors that cause autism can be from heredity or environment. but does not explain can be from Immunization. What should I do? Is immunization in infants dangerous? What immunizations should I consider that can cause autism? if it is dangerous, why does the government and doctors recommend it now? please enlighten me Mr / Mrs Doctor … Thank you
Hello DimasRise, Thank you for the question.
Immunization is one of the government programs to prevent infectious diseases. Immunization is the act of administering a vaccine that will stimulate the immune system to form immune substances / antibodies so that a person becomes immune to a certain disease. The amount of vaccine given depends on what disease will be prevented. For antibodies to form properly, immunizations must be given according to the recommended schedule. In Indonesia, the immunization program consists of basic immunization and advanced immunization.
Since a while ago information was already circulating that said that immunization can cause autism in children. However, this information is misinformation. There are no studies that can prove that immunization causes autism. Autism, currently known as autism spectrum disorders, is a disorder of brain development that causes communication disorders, socializing disorders, and behavioral disorders in sufferers. The cause of this disorder is not yet known with certainty. However, some of the following factors are thought to be related to autism, namely male sex, heredity, premature birth, maternal age during pregnancy, consumption of alcoholic beverages and smoking habits during pregnancy, as well as several other medical conditions.
Therefore, please consult with your pediatrician regarding immunization if you still have further questions. Also discuss with your doctor about the recommended immunization schedule for your baby. Don't forget to always record what immunizations your baby has received and what your baby will receive so that nothing is missed.
Hopefully this information helps you.