Local Pediatricians Disagree with Trump on Vaccine-Autism

by Fred Bodimer

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Local pediatricians try to put out the vaccine-autism fire that was recently re-lit by Donald Trump.

During Wednesday night’s GOP debate, Trump renewed his claim that vaccines sometimes can lead to autism.

“Just the other day…two years old, a beautiful child went to have the vaccine…a week later got a tremendous fever, got very very sick, now is autistic,” says Trump.

SLU Care pediatrician Dr. Ken Haller at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center calls those comments wrong and unfortunate.

“The science is extremely clear that vaccines are safe, they’re effective and they have absolutely no connection to autism,” says Haller.

Haller says that giving smaller doses over longer periods of time does not work because the children need the vaccines as soon as possible.

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