De Niro

Robert De Niro has waded into the controversy over whether vaccines can cause autism, saying that he believes there is a link and that some children should not be vaccinated.

De Niro revealed last month that his 18-year-old son Elliot has autism, and said on Wednesday that he believes certain children are at risk of being harmed by vaccines.

The Godfather star is the latest celebrity to make such claims, which have been almost universally rejected by doctors but are accepted by a growing number of parents.

“There’s a lot of things that are not said,” he said on NBC’s Today Show. “I as a parent of a child who has autism am concerned, and I want to know the truth.”

De Niro, 72, made the comments after a film tying the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine to autism was pulled from New York’s Tribeca film festival, which he co-founded.

The film, titled Vaxxed, sparked tremendous backlash for its anti-vaccine position, but the actor said everyone should see it because “there’s definitely something to it”.

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He said on Wednesday that there is a “hysteria, a knee-jerk reaction” to dismiss concerns about vaccines, but that he has become convinced that there is a correlation of some sort.

“I’m not a scientist but I know because I’ve seen so much reaction- let’s just find out the truth,” he said.

The Oscar winner said his wife believed Elliot had changed overnight after having a vaccine, and that numerous other parents felt guilt over the fact that vaccines may have harmed their children.

Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, said such comments by someone as respected as De Niro’s do an “enormous disservice” to parents.

“Robert De Niro has a child with autism, so he wonders fairly whether vaccines could cause it,” he says. “That’s an answerable question, and it has been answered.”

Dr Offit says 15 studies had been conducted involving hundreds of thousands of children, and that each had found definitively that the MMR vaccine does not cause autism.

“I don’t know what parents want us to do,” he says. “We take their concerns seriously, we spend a lot of money trying to address those concerns, and the frustrating part is that when they are addressed people just choose not to believe it.”

De Niro denies that the issue has been resolved, and says vaccines may be safe for most children but that some are susceptible to harm.

“Nobody seems to want to address that or they say they’ve addressed it and it’s a closed issue. But it doesn’t seem to be because there are many people who will come out and say, ‘No. I saw my kid change like overnight. I saw what happened and I should have done something and I didn’t.’ So there’s more to this than meets the eye, believe me.

The thing is to shut it down- there’s no reason to. If you’re scientists, let’s see, let’s hear. Everybody doesn’t want to hear much about it, it’s shut down.”

The link between the MMR vaccine and autism was first drawn by Andrew Wakefield, a British medical researcher. His 1998 study was later found to be fraudulent, and he was barred from practising medicine in the UK.


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  1. Why can’t De Niro just say that the vaccine is really not good for any child? The toxic substances in it cannot be good for “any” child. Nevertheless, my heart goes out to him, having an autistic son himself and I seriously doubt he is speaking without reservations. The cabal is not known for its kindness or diplomacy. We, the awakened lot should support him and anyone like him, trying to a certain point to tell the truth. It takes a lot of courage to be on national TV and…………………

  2. “The link between the MMR vaccine and autism was first drawn by Andrew Wakefield, a British medical researcher. His 1998 study was later found to be fraudulent, and he was barred from practising medicine in the UK.” Totally misleading. His study was NOT found to be “fraudulent”. It was labeled as such by the London Sunday Times, where a Murdoch son, who sits on the Board of the Times, also sits on the Board of GSK, a/the vaccine manufacturer in the UK. It was a smear job, by their ‘journalist’ – paid hack – Brian Deer. If you want to talk about fraud in this matter, talk about him and the Sunday Times, orchestrating a witchhunt on Wakefield; who ended up having to come to live in the U.S. to try to re-establish his career, as an honest researcher – but too outspoken for the likes of our erstwhile Masters. To whom money talks very big.

  3. It’s very obvious the vaccinations are garbage. Not one Amish child has ever had autism. These people live a lot longer than the average American.

  4. If anyone has ever done any research on this subject they would NEVER vaccinate their infant. It’s common sense to me. I did not vaccinate my daughter 26 years ago because of the research out at that time. The TRUTH shall prevail Mr. DeNiro and for us ALL! Mark Twain said “it’s easier to fool the people than to convince them they have been fooled”. It’s a basic work of nature…we play with unnatural chemicals, rape our Mother Earth for resources to put money in the pockets of the ones who are out to “fool” us, we need to wake up people and learn to think for ourselves and question authority. It is time for total disclosure of how we have all been “fooled” over the past centuries. To put anything unnatural into the body…GMO food, conventional food w/ pesticide residue, vaccines with Mercury, etc. etc. you are asking for a possible health risk. We must unite and start saying NO to this stuff….ask for help from the Heavens for the TRUTH to be revealed…ASAP! Thank you Robert DeNiro for speaking up.
    God Bless Us All!

  5. I saw his interview on the Today show about the pulling of this film. Excellent. Very candid. Shared. Thanks for this!


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