As already mentioned there is no Scientific link between autism & vaccines, but one poster mentions autism being more serious than rubella or other diseases....as far as I know autism never killed anybody but many many vaccine preventable illness have. I think there is a misunderstanding that vaccine preventable illnesses are mild & don't have long lasting effects - for some that is true but not for all. Both chicken pox & rubella can have very severe complications that are life long & in some cases life threatening. Even today to 20% of people who get the measles are hospitalized. Before vaccines approximately 600 children used to die every year in the US alone from meningitis & around 450 kids would die each year of the measles & 150 of chicken pox.....note the word die. Before the mumps vaccine, it was the leading cause of childhood deafness..I would call that a lifelong issue. If vaccinations were stopped the CDC estimates that approximately 2.7 million deaths would result worldwide. Last time I counted there were zero cases of autism caused by vaccines but plenty of deaths caused by vaccine preventable illness. The stats on deaths & complications caused by vaccines preventable illness far outweighs the small number of complications caused by vaccines themselves particularly with regard to whooping cough, chicken pox & rubella. The stats are there for anyone who wants to read, if you do the math it is hard to understand this argument about side effects. If you ask me people who don't vaccinate are taking a big gamble with their own & other peoples lives based on a "maybe" threat versus a "proven"threat like vpd,s. I just don't understand how people can read these stats & still say, I would pref to have all of these things possibly happen rather than take a chance that a vaccine will cause autism or that an ingredient will hurt me.