It is possible for vaccines to cause neurological damage at any age.
Edit: Science funding can be very political. Http://www.ageofautism.com/2010/01/naked-intimidation-the-wakefield-inquisition-is-only-the-tip-of-the-autism-censorship-iceberg.html#more
LOL, “Weise Ente.” Wakefield published a “case study”–look it up — of 12 autistic kids, whose parents took them to him to look at their gastrointestinal problems, because he is a gastroenterologist. The parents happened to mention to him that the problems started after the MMR. Wakefield wasn’t even sure if he should mention in the case study that the parents told him that, but decided to, since the more information, the better. And, as a parent, I know that parental observations are very valuable in health care. So how exactly do you try to replicate that case study? That isn’t the type of study that can be replicated. Case studies by their nature are a call to further research, not the same research, lol. He made no conclustions regarding the MMR in the paper. Anyone can verify that for themselves. The paper wasn’t very long.
“BACKGROUND: We investigated a consecutive series of children with chronic enterocolitis and regressive developmental disorder. METHODS: 12 children (mean age 6 years [range 3-10], 11 boys) were referred to a paediatric gastroenterology unit with a history of normal development followed by loss of acquired skills, including language, together with diarrhoea and abdominal pain. Children underwent gastroenterological, neurological, and developmental assessment and review of developmental records. Ileocolonoscopy and biopsy sampling, magnetic-resonance imaging (MRI), electroencephalography (EEG), and lumbar puncture were done under sedation. Barium follow-through radiography was done where possible. Biochemical, haematological, and immunological profiles were examined. FINDINGS: Onset of behavioural symptoms was associated, by the parents, with measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination in eight of the 12 children, with measles infection in one child, and otitis media in another. All 12 children had intestinal abnormalities, ranging from lymphoid nodular hyperplasia to aphthoid ulceration. Histology showed patchy chronic inflammation in the colon in 11 children and reactive ileal lymphoid hyperplasia in seven, but no granulomas. Behavioural disorders included autism (nine), disintegrative psychosis (one), and possible postviral or vaccinal encephalitis (two). There were no focal neurological abnormalities and MRI and EEG tests were normal. Abnormal laboratory results were significantly raised urinary methylmalonic acid compared with age-matched controls (p=0.003), low haemoglobin in four children, and a low serum IgA in four children. INTERPRETATION: We identified associated gastrointestinal disease and developmental regression in a group of previously normal children, which was generally associated in time with possible environmental triggers.” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9500320
After what happened to Wakefield — he was driven out of his own country! — what scientist, with the average amount of courage, who has a career to keep and a family to feed, would dare do a study that shows MMR is a problem? They have made an example of him, that is for sure.
You are right, Wakefield *is* a good example of how science works in controversial, highly political areas of study.
“photoart,” in response to your additional details, it is very sad to think about, but the government is going to warehouse the coming surge of low functioning autistic adults in institutions and keep them drugged up. There just won’t be the money or manpower to do it any other way. I know this is the nightmare of parents everywhere–what is going to happen to their autistic children when they can no longer care for them?