Twitter rant: Donald Trump links autism and vaccines – again

Donald Trump is once again using his celebrity status to misinform the public and promote the thoroughly debunked theory that vaccines cause autism.

Earlier this week the Celebrity Apprentice host and real estate mogul took to twitter to suggest that high dosage vaccinations are responsible for autism. Trump wrote on Twitter:

“Healthy young child goes to doctor, gets pumped with massive shot of many vaccines, and doesn’t feel good and changes – AUTISM. Many such cases!”

Apparently Trump’s twitter rant was in response to a new report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which identified a 30 percent surge in the rate of autism in children from just one year ago. And while the rise in autism may be alarming news, the science clearly demonstrates there is no causal connection between childhood vaccinations and autism.

Indeed, scientists say they now have new evidence suggesting autism begins in the womb, long before any childhood vaccinations are delivered.

Trump has tried to draw a connection between vaccines and autism before, tweeting about it last year and in an interview on Fox News in 2012.

In fact, Trump is not the only celebrity to use their status to misinform the public concerning vaccinations. Jenny McCarthy, former Playmate of the year, model, actress, and current co-host of the television show The View, built a movement around the flawed theory. McCarthy, who has an autistic son, wrote Louder Than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism, suggesting a causal connection between the increase in childhood vaccinations with the rise in autism.

In a study published last year in the Journal of Pediatrics, researchers found no association between autism and the number of vaccines a child gets in one day or during the first two years of the current vaccine schedule.

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