Functional Neurology
of Middlesex County
Gregory Symko, D.C., D.A.B.C.N.
747 Main Street Suite 205
Concord, MA 01742
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Dr. Greg Symko, Boston Area Functional Neurologist, weighs in on the vaccination debate.

There has been a fire storm over vaccinations. The majority of parents vaccinate their children.

The parents that feel vaccinations can be harmful want the right to not vaccinate their children, this is the minority point-of-view. This dissension has made it a very emotional topic.

Let’s delve into the history of vaccinations in this country. What are they made of and how they have impacted our lives.

As the subject is vast, this topic of vaccinations will be spread out over a few blogs.

When I was born in 1958, there were only three vaccinations. They were for polio, measles and mumps and rubella. The actual vaccinations were called tetanus diphtheria, and pertussis (DTP vaccine).

In the 1980’s the number of vaccinations increased three fold. In addition, the number of booster shots have also increased.

Before the 1980’s the incidence of Autism was about 1 in 10,000, now it is about 1 in 100.  A study was done to determine if this increase had to do with increased awareness or something else.  The study showed that indeed there was an increase of 25%. That does not account for the total increase.

Many parents of Autistic children state that their child changes after the vaccines given when they turned 3.

A child’s immune system is immature, the barriers that protect their brain, lungs and gut are also immature.

Did the increase in vaccinations at an early age have something to do with the increase in the incidence of Autism? Does the old adage apply “Too much of a good thing?”