CDC Just Pretended Autism Isn’t On The Rise Anymore

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The prevalence of autism is rising dramatically. Last year the CDC said that 1-45 children have autism. A total of 2.24% of U.S. children (1 in 45 children) aged 3 to 17 years has autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to new statistics released by the 2014 National Health Interview Survey. The new figure is up from 1.25% reported from 2011 to 2013. The prevalence of developmental delay fell to 3.57% from 4.84%, while the rate of intellectual disability remained virtually unchanged at 1.1%.1 

This morning, however, they claimed autism data is going in the other direction. The CDC’s media release stated that 1-68 children now have autism.

An estimated 1 in 68 (14.6 per 1,000) school-aged children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a CDC report published today in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Surveillance Summary. This report shows essentially no change in ASD prevalence, the proportion of school aged-children with ASD, from the previous report released in 2014. However, it is too soon to know whether ASD prevalence in the United States might be starting to stabilize. CDC will continue tracking ASD prevalence to better understand changes over time.


Last year’s CDC report garnered them widespread criticism and revived the “autism and vaccines” connection. Pharmaceuticals are incentivized to create fear using illness, however in the case of autism; they might have reconsidered. The “autism is drastically on the rise” headlines prompted many parents to reconsider vaccines, something which certainly doesn’t fit into pharmaceutical industry or CDC mantra or business strategy.

So now we are heading in the other direction or “stabilizing.” Where we find cases of increased vaccines, so too do we find examples of increasing autism. We must stop considering real data a coincidence.

The CDC’s convenient media release comes exactly on the heels of TriBeca’s cancellation of Andrew Wakefield’s vaccination documentary, which calls upon the vaccine industry to make vaccines safer.