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May 14, 2019
Category: Immunizations
Tags: immunizations   Vaccines   Autism   Sc ience  

Blume is living proof that the antidote to misinformation about vaccines is science. "I was relieved," she said, "because I didn't hurt him. His autism wasn't my fault."

The current outbreaks of measles around the country are largely a result of parents being afraid to vaccinate their children against the virus. The number one concern? Autism.

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May 14, 2019
Category: Development
Tags: Insurance   Autism   Free   Seminar  

Navigating Autism Services & Insurance Coverage - A Free Seminar


Date And Time


Autism Learning Partners

3190 Northeast Expressway NE

Suite 320

Chamblee, GA 30341

Join us for a discussion about autism services, insurance coverage and the importance of early intervention.


About this Event

We’ll talk about best practices, discuss available treatment options, and have a Q & A session for all participants.

This seminar is designed for families with newly diagnosed children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Birth to Five Early Intervention Providers. Within the last decade, there has been a rise in children diagnosed with ASD (1 out of 59 children).

With the incline of ASD diagnoses, there is an urgent need for parents and early intervention community providers to understand resources available and the importance of accessing services for newly diagnosed families. Starting early intervention services during the early years of development is crucial in order to support a child’s progress and prepare them for a successful trajectory. Because the early years of a child’s life are critical in brain development, it is vital for parents and providers to understand the available evidenced based practices, such as Applied Behavior Analysis, the appropriate service options and treatment settings available.

· Free Parking

· Refreshments Provided

· Meet the ALP Clinical Leadership Team

March 13, 2019
Category: Immunizations
Tags: immunizations   Vaccines   Autism   Science  

Study of 657,461 children finds no link between vaccines and autism


Danish researchers followed children born over a 10-year period and found no connection between autism and the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.

The vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella doesn't cause autism, according to a massive, new study.

There have now been multiple properly executed large studies demonstrating NO causation from vaccines for autism. The science is clear! "There is nothing to fear except fear itself." Many important childhood diseases can be prevented: Most bacterial meningitis, some bacterial sepsis, some sinus and ear infecitons, Measles, german measles, mumps, chicken pox, hepatitis a, hepatitis b, cervical cancers, liver cancers, throat & mouth cancers, tetanus, whooping cough, diphtheria, polio, infant rotavirus vomiting & diarrhea.

If you are following the advice of nay-sayers, ask them to provide scientific studies supporting their claims of risk & injury & read it carefully.

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February 10, 2019
Category: Infectious Disease
Tags: Autism   vaccine   measles   Contagious   Complications  

4 things everyone needs to know about measles

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

We are in the midst of a measles outbreak here in the US, with cases being reported in New York City, New York state, and Washington state. In 2018, preliminary numbers indicate that there were 372 cases of measles — more than triple the 120 cases in all of 2017 — and already 79 cases in the first month of 2019 alone. Here are four things that everyone needs to know about measles.

Measles is highly contagious

This is a point that can’t be stressed enough. A full 90% of unvaccinated people exposed to the virus will catch it. And if you think that just staying away from sick people will do the trick, think again. Not only are people with measles infectious for four days before they break out with the rash, the virus can live in the air for up to two hours after an infectious person coughs or sneezes. Just imagine: if an infectious person sneezes in an elevator, everyone riding that elevator for the next two hours could be exposed.

It’s hard to know that a person has measles when they first get sick

The first symptoms of measles are a high fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis), which could be confused with any number of other viruses, especially during cold and flu season. After two or three days people develop spots in the mouth called Koplik spots, but we don’t always go looking in our family members’ mouths. The characteristic rash develops three to five days after the symptoms begin, as flat red spots that start on the face at the hairline and spread downward all over the body. At that point you might realize that it isn’t a garden-variety virus — and at that point, the person would have been spreading germs for four days.

Measles can be dangerous

Most of the time, as with other childhood viruses, people weather it fine, but there can be complications. Children less than 5 years old and adults older than 20 are at highest risk of complications. Common and milder complications include diarrhea and ear infections (although the ear infections can lead to hearing loss), and one out of four will need to be hospitalized, but there also can be serious complications:

  • Five percent of people with measles get pneumonia. This is the most common cause of death from the illness.
  • One out of 1,000 get encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain, that can lead to seizures, deafness, or even brain damage.
  • One to two out of 1,000 will die.
  • There is another possible complication that can occur seven to 10 years after infection, more commonly when people get the infection as infants. It’s called subacute sclerosing panencephalitis or SSPE. While it is rare (four to 11 out of 100,000 infections), it is fatal.

Vaccination prevents measles

The measles vaccine, usually given as part of the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine, can make all the difference. One dose is 93% effective in preventing illness, and two doses gets that number up to 97%. In general the first dose is usually given at 12 to 15 months and the second dose at 4 to 6 years, but it can be given as early as 6 months if there is a risk of exposure (as an extra dose — it doesn’t count as the first of two doses and has to be given after 12 months), and the second dose can be given as soon as 28 days after the first.

The MMR is overall a very safe vaccine. Most side effects are mild, and it does not cause autism. Most children in the US are vaccinated, with 91% of 19-to-35 month-olds having at least one dose and about 94% of those entering kindergarten having two doses. To create “herd immunity” that helps protect those who can’t get the vaccine (such as young infants or those with weak immune systems), you need about 95% vaccination, so the 94% isn’t perfect — and in some states and communities, that number is even lower. Most of the outbreaks we have seen over the years have started in areas where there are high numbers of unvaccinated children.

If you have questions about measles or the measles vaccine, talk to your doctor. The most important thing is that we keep every child, every family, and every community safe.

April 17, 2016
Category: Immunizations
Tags: immunizations   Vaccines   Autism   DeNiro   fear   research  

This clip from the Today Show after Robert DeNiro pulled a movie from the Tribeca Film Festival supporting the DISPROVEN CLAIM of a relationship between Autism and Childhood Vaccines is interesting, but does not go far enough to reassure parents about the safety of childhood vaccines and the overwhelming evidence of NO RELATIONSHIP to vaccines as a cause of Autism.

Although Autism is real, many studies have FAILED to identify a relationship to vaccines or to thimersal, a preservative which is now removed from almost all childhood vaccines. In this video clip, one hears about the same frequency of Autism in children who receive vaccines accoding to the recommended effective vaccine schedule AND children who receive vaccines in a staggered and drawn out administration schedule. But the clip does NOT make the point, that children remain UNPROTECTED from childhood diseases when given immunizations in a delayed or deferred immunization schedule. 

Clearly parents of Autistic children are looking for the cause of their children's different development, as well they should. So is Medical Science. We are fortunate in Atlanta to have one of the facilites funded to continue this improtant research_The Marcus Autism Center. 

The makers of the movie pulled by DeNiro present a theory of cause for Autism that was reported based on falsified research data. The original published article was retracted years later. The author of the original biased discredited article was rebuked by the scientific community and lost his medical license in Great Britain. Much research has been done since the original article by different authors, published in different journals, reviewed by many different scientist and all show NO RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN VACCINES & AUTISM. Yet the public remains fearful of vaccines and a growing number of children are inadequaletly immunized putting all children and the community in general at risk of preventable diseases. 

Bottom line: if parents are concerned about the safety and efficacy of vaccines, please discuss your concerns with your doctors and don't forget to discuss as well the diseases that vaccines are designed to prevent. 

Dr. T