One mother in Georgia’s Cobb County told us that two of her three children living in a home with the disease have died.
In addition, we have seen parents who, once the virus first appeared and they became ill, started having panic attacks and developed high blood pressure; in these cases, the virus went directly from the mother’s infectionwhich is why the mothers did not get sick right away and then passed it on their children. Many sick families have turned to begging for money to pay for vaccinations, even in places that, while being very far away from the West, already have high vaccination rates. It is worth remembering that one of the biggest fears about the vaccines in the United States was that the CDC would let any serious risk slip. Of course, their fears have not materializedand it isn’t just the few cases of very young autistic babies.
One reason is that the U.S. health care delivery system is actually far behind other developed countries. For example, one year ago, Britain was ranked second only to the United States in the quality of their health care-it was listed as the world’s best. However, the US was ranked first in 2012. What is so very unfortunate is that the U.S. is in such dire need of universal qualityincluding not only the flu vaccine but also vaccines designed specifically for those with autism. This is largely because of the government’s refusal to fund truly universal access to vaccines, which is clearly evidenced by the fact that in a recent study from the International Alliance for Vaccine Education, a nationwide survey found that more than half of the U.S. public58 percentdidn’t know how to get to the best health care.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, America just ranks 18th in the world in the percentage of the population who get preventive health care. That is a rather staggering statistic that certainly hasn’t helped the cause of autism. Unfortunately, the current system is also putting children and parents at risk for the potentially deadly infectionand it is in the hands of the parent or family who has autism. Therefore, the best way to protect yourself against the flu? Go to that healthcare provider right away!