Two vaccine skeptics have been appointed as a new Minnesota state council on autism, alerted to public health advocates fearing that they will bring the joke linking vaccines to autism.
The MN Autism Council, which was formed last year by the Republican state Sen. Jim Abeler was focused on advising the Minnesota Legislature on autism and public policy. However, the composition of the council raises concerns, The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Thursday.
Two of the more than 30 members of the council are well-known members of the anti-vaccination movement.
Wayne Rohde, co-founder of the Vaccine Safety Council of Minnesota, was one of the first three members Abeler selected to form the group. Rohde and Patti Carroll are both members of the new State Committee and are also a member of the executive board of an organization called Health Choice, which wants to keep vaccines optional, the newspaper reports.
People who question the safety of vaccines are "quickly marginalized" as "Anti-Vax," Rohde told the sales office.
His son is in the autism spectrum and although Rohde's decision is one He wants to defend his parent, not to vaccinate his children, he said, this issue is not discussed in MN autism Council.
"It is not about causation in the Council." The Council is only about how to deal with those affected and help them, their families, and those who provide services, "said Rohde.
Idil Abdull, a long-time advocate of autism, told The Star Tribune that she had disappointed Abeler's vaccine-skeptics in the council. She served the previous Task Force on Autism, which was dissolved in 201
"The fact that he has appointed so many people from the anti-vaccine community who are trying to share us is heartbreaking," said Abdull.
Abeler began Wednesday's Council meeting declaring that the Commission is not for or against vaccines.
"I would suggest that we will not discuss this soon or perhaps never," he said.
Modern Anti-Vaccination Despite research, the myth that vaccines are linked to autism has been debunked.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has listed "vaccine hesitation" as one of the ten threats to global health in 2019, notably a 30 percent increase in measles cases.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that two doses of the MMR vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella are about 97 percent to prevent the disease.
Outbreaks of measles are spreading throughout the country, especially in vaccine communities.
Washington officials declared a public health emergency at a "hot spot" near Portland, where 20 out of 23 confirmed measles cases were contracted by people who were not vaccinated.
For decades, New York City has been fighting the most serious disease outbreak in 182 confirmed cases. The New York Times reported last week that the outbreak is taking place almost exclusively in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community.
Last year, there were 349 confirmed measles cases in 26 states and the District of Columbia – the second highest number since 2000, according to the CDC. In 2014, 667 cases were reported.