SAN ANTONIO -- Today medical professionals are speaking out about Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood's stance that vaccines cause autism in young children.
The CDC said one out of every 68 children is autistic. That's a number that has risen over the past ten to 15 years. But unlike District Attorney LaHood, those KENS 5 spoke with today said there is no link between vaccines and autism.
"We had a very different child after that round of vaccines. So no one's going to tell me my son was born with autism because he was not. Period," said Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood. He is speaking about his own son Michael who was diagnosed with autism when he was four-years-old.
Dr. Melissa Svoboda from Children's Hospital of San Antonio said vaccines and autism are unrelated.
"There have been countless studies that show the vaccines do not cause autism with huge numbers of children and we feel very confident that it is important that every person receive their vaccinations," said Dr. Svoboda, who is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics with Baylor College of Medicine.
The cause of the delay in symptoms in autistic children, she said, is called regressive autism, which typically develops when children are 12 to 18 months old.
"Parents who are not medical, who aren't educated, may not recognize the early signs of autism and they see that regression starting around the same time they get the vaccines," Dr. Svoboda said.
Verenice De La Cruz works with the Autism Community Network. She said her son had two seizures from vaccines. The first only lasted about two minutes.
"He ended up having a 30-minute seizure a month later when we vaccinated," said De La Cruz, the Director of Training and Research at the Autism Community Network.
She said a possibly solution is something a lot of parents should consider.
"For him we ended up coming up with a schedule that was different because his body was not able to handle those vaccines as most other children," De La Cruz said.
The Autism Community Network also recommends if you see side effects in your child after getting a vaccine, not to jump to conclusions and stop vaccinating, but to speak to your pediatrician to discuss and alternative vaccination schedule.
However, the American Academy of Pediatrics says delaying or spreading out the vaccines could put children at risk for some of the illnesses the vaccines are meant to prevent, and bringing children back repeatedly could cause them more pain.