Mothers are hit with conflicting views on autism and vaccines. The morning news will feature a pediatrician denying any link between the two. Then on another channel, a mother is interviewed claiming that immunizations changed her child's life forever. Conflicted about what to do, some parents are opting not to vaccinate their children while others choose an alternative schedule and some stick with the schedule suggested by the AAP. Parents should talk with their pediatricians about their concerns so they can make the best decision for their child.

To see some talking points for a conversation with your doctor,


Being open and honest with the doctor can be informative and beneficial for all involved. Here are some questions to get the ball rolling:

  • Do you think there is any link between vaccines and autism?
  • If "no" is the response, ask why they don't think there is a link.
  • If my child has a bad reaction after receiving a shot, what can we do?
  • Is thermisol present in any of the shots?
  • Why do you think there is such a high incidence of autism in boys versus girls?
  • What kind of alternative or modified shot schedule do you offer?
  • Will it cost more to administer the shots in a modified manner?
  • How do you or would you vaccinate your own children?
  • What do you think the possible causes of autism are if it isn't vaccines?

While pediatricians may not be able to answer all of these questions, it's a good way to get the dialogue started and to explain your apprehension and insecurities.