So You’d Rather Have a Child With Autism Than A Dead One?

Tuesday, the American Journal of Public Health published a study showing children with autism are 40 times more likely to die from injury than their typically developing peers. The average life expectancy for those with autism is just 36 years, a shocking contrast to the typical life expectancy of 72 years for the general public [1].

These grim statistics are no surprise for millions of parents who struggle to keep their children with autism safe each day. Those not personally impacted by autism tend to entirely ignore the fact that autism is associated with risks. Parents of children with autism, especially those who stop vaccinating following regression, are often barraged with comments that dismiss the dangers their children face.

-I’d rather have a child with autism than a dead one!

-I’d rather my child have autism than the measles!

-You don’t have the right to put my child at risk by refusing to vaccinate yours!

These statements are usually paired with a haughty mention that unlike the autism parent, the commenter is actually pro-science. If we actually look at the science, we see that Tylenol has killed 500 times more people in the United States over the past decade than measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria and wild polio combined [2, 3]. We average one measles death per decade in the United States despite poor vaccination compliance among American adults. Greater than 100 million Americans aren’t up to date on their tetanus vaccine, yet only one in three million of them will be infected with tetanus this year [4]. Fewer than two of the 100 million Americans not up to date on their diphtheria vaccine can expect to be infected in an average year. [5] Meanwhile, 3.5 million Americans are living with autism. Assuming their trajectory is similar to those in the American Journal of Public Health study, nearly one million of them will die prematurely due to injury.

Whether or not one believes vaccines cause autism (they do) [6], the miniscule risks associated with chicken pox and mumps don’t belong in a sentence trivializing the serious dangers children with autism encounter. Families deserve better than to have the statistically significant risks their children face downplayed by those comparing autism to minor childhood illnesses. A more accurate, pro-science version of the statement preferring autism to measles would be:

-I’d rather my child have a one in four chance of dying of injury associated with autism than a one in three billion chance of dying of measles this year.

Indeed we have an epidemic in this country that is putting our children in grave danger. The media, medical community, and pharmaceutical companies want you to believe it’s an outbreak of mumps at the local university. The science says it’s autism.

~Ashlyn Washington




9 thoughts on “So You’d Rather Have a Child With Autism Than A Dead One?

  1. 1) exposure to Measles doesn’t mean you will develop the disease, regardless of your immunisation status.
    2) If you develop Measles… in 90% of cases, it is NO deal. Only 10 % require hospitalization, and of most of those 9%, it was just for dehydration.
    3) 1% develop issue such as pneumonia or encephalitis.
    4) 40- 50% of those that are vaccinated, have a mthfer gene issue putting them at big risk of a vaccine induced encephalopathy- neurological damage/ autism, and even death, labelled as S>I>D>S.

    I would rather have Measles, a normal childhood disease, that wasn’t and still isn’t a deadly disease as promoted since mass immunisation has gained hold.
    Natural infection gains life long immunity, a positive IgG, where as Measles vaccine doesn’t always result in any IgG antibodies and if some are obtained, it is very short lived. Learn more about the differences between Th1 and Th 2 immune responses. and why there are auto immune issues following vaccination.
    Measles only lasts up to 2 weeks if your lucky, where Autism is there for the rest of a persons life.. also associated with bowel/ gut issues.

    Also understand that the so called germ free vaccinated population, shed the disease for 3 weeks plus following their shots, can still get the disease and still spread it around.. and even if catch the natural infection. Just how many more shots will they be going this for… due to the vaccine not resulting in a normal healthy immune response.

    I prefer the IgG Measles antibodies gained from natural infection, I have for a lifetime, from getting Measles, a self limited disease as a child, to having a measles vaccine encephalopathy as my son did, with an onset a hour after his shot, and not gaining any measles IgG titres antibodies/ primary vaccine failure. …and NO, I don’t just think my sons is vaccine injured!, he was awarded compensation for vaccine induced neurological damage, and deals with a lifetime of issues. I myself are not dead from the falsely claimed deadly disease that everyone will die from.

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    1. Thank you for this comment. I have a vaccine injured son, and I am positive for the MTHFR C677t (the bad variety), and no doctors even know what I’m talking about when I mention it. People with this mutation are more susceptible to anesthesia and vaccine damage, and I see my son’s seizure as evidence of that.
      People have no idea what it’s like to be in someone else’s shoes, nor do they wish to try to really imagine it, and they won’t see the truth until something happens to them or a loved one.


    1. The people who say “I’d rather have____” are making it about them. I can’t quite tell which side of the argument you’re on, but any time this comes up, it’s from the parent’s perspective. I agree with Ashlyn, how does the child feel about their life expectancy? Greater likelihood of dying an accidental death or committing suicide? No one wants extra burdens for their children, and I hope we’re all doing what we believe will give our children the best lives possible for them.


    2. I disagree that “it’s not about the parents.” The quality of children’s lives and the length of children’s lives are critical issues for both the children and the parents who love and raise them. Many parents can’t leave their autistic children alone for even a minute or two; face the prospect of their children needing care and supervision their entire lives; and are justifiably very worried about what will happen to their (grown-up) autistic children when the parents die.


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