Christian Heesch Addresses Concerns About Vaccines and Autism

Christian Heesch is a seasoned doctor and internist who says parents should embrace childhood vaccines, including those directed against diphtheria, polio, tetanus, measles, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and many other infectious conditions. In a recent interview, he explained his stance on the topic, citing his own professional experience:

“Before anything else, I would like to make it clear that I am neither a pediatrician, nor a specialist in infectious diseases.  However, I have taken care of a number of children in situations where there was no pediatrician and no infectious disease doctor around.  This experience was obtained in an area where routine childhood vaccinations had simply not been available for a large portion of the population.  With that background, I can tell you that ‘routine’ childhood diseases are potentially dangerous and lead to unnecessary suffering.  As an example, I once attended to a young mother and her infant child, both of which had presented with measles.  The mother and the child both died, and it was a devastating experience for everybody. ”

And in the United States, parents are starting to question the necessity of these vaccines, asserting that allowing their child to get sick would help strengthen his or her immune system. In response, Christian Heesch has this to say: “Anybody talking about these childhood diseases should know that they can have a course that is anything but ‘routine’ or ‘benign’.  In fact, some of them can have severe complications, and can even lead to permanent disability of death. As examples, mumps can lead to meningitis and orchitis.  Some childhood diseases have potential complications such as permanent nerve damage with hearing loss or even pneumonia.  There is a long list of possible poor outcomes.  The good news is that, ever since routine childhood vaccinations have been introduced, millions of cases of childhood diseases and thousands of cases of such poor outcomes have likely been avoided.”

In closing, Christian Heesch also tackled the alleged link between vaccines and autism. “There is no credible evidence to show that there is any causal relationship between childhood vaccines and autism,” Heesch said. “Of course, autism can on occasion be diagnosed around the time when a child just received a vaccination, but this is coincidence.  Similarly, children can get hurt in traffic accidents the day after they happened to get vaccinated, yet no reasonable person would suspect a connection between these two events.”

Author: Robert Strong