The CDC, after removing the claim that “Vaccines do not cause autism” from its autism-vaccine webpage nearly six months ago, has just put back that claim in direct response to ICAN’s publicity about its removal!  The science is clearly not there to support this claim.  The CDC knows it.  After capitulating to the removal of this claim for lack of science, in the end, the science did not matter. 

 This puts the nail in the coffin for any claim by the CDC that it follows the science.  ICAN will be taking the CDC back to court to seek the removal of this unsupported claim.

 This claim was first added to the CDC website in 2015.  After relentless attacks pointing out that the science does not exist to support this claim, it was removed on August 27, 2020 without a whisper. 

The removal followed ICAN’s lawsuit in which the CDC was forced to provide a list of the studies that the agency alleged support this claim.  That list included twenty studies, not a single one of which involved any of the vaccines currently given to babies in the United States during the first six months of life. 

Having been forced to face the fact that it cannot scientifically support its claim that vaccines do not cause autism, some individual or some group at the CDC did the right thing and removed this claim from the agency’s autism-vaccine webpage.  That was six months ago.

A few days ago, ICAN broke the story of its removal, causing a public relations nightmare for the CDC.  In response, the CDC, wasted no time putting its public image ahead of science by putting its unsupported claim that “vaccines do not cause autism” back on its website.

As long as the CDC makes this unsupported claim, the desperately needed research regarding vaccines and autism (and other neurological disorders) will never receive the serious funding it warrants.  It may be only a few words on a webpage but those words have massive implications for the funding of vaccine-autism science.

The CDC does not appear to have any serious concern that its most recent data shows that 1 in 36 children born this year in the United States will develop autism. This is a true epidemic.  Instead of listening to the 40% to 70% of parents with an autistic child that continue to blame vaccines for their child’s autism, typically pointing to vaccines given during the first six months of life, the CDC and public health authorities insult and demean these families by continuing to claim, without adequate support, that vaccines do not cause autism. 

The CDC should stop waging this false media campaign against these parents and, instead, fund independent scientists to do the needed science!  But it is plain this will never happen because it is not what drives the CDC.  It would rather avoid the issue in order to protect its holy vaccine program and its public image.  Shame on the CDC.

ICAN plans to take the CDC back to court to demand it remove the claim “vaccines do not cause autism” from its website.  It will certainly be interesting to see how the CDC explains its whipsaw changes in position regarding vaccines and autism.  Stay tuned.