One Texas District Attorney is making a bold statement about vaccines.
"I'm Nico Lahood. I'm the Criminal District Attorney in San Antonio, Texas. I’m here to tell you that vaccines can and do cause autism.”
He made the announcement from his office and shortly after was interviewed to further argue his case by the people behind the documentary "Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catasrophe."
The documentary tells the story of a former worker for the CDC in an apparent cover-up that links a vaccine and Autism. Nico Lahood's son is on the spectrum of Autism.
"I was asked by another family with a vaccine injured child to watch this film, and I was floored," said Lahood. "The information in this documentary in this film is powerful . . . it's overwhelming."
He also uses his own personal experience as "circumstantial evidence" of vaccine injury. After he and his wife vaccinated their daughter, she broke out in hives. Then his son who was vaccinated changed from a babbling bright-eyed baby, to a quiet, and at times unresponsive little boy. Lahood said, "something happened to our son, that took him away from us. The only 'something' that happened, was this certain round of vaccines."
When asked about criticism he's received saying in effect, "you're not a doctor", Lahood responded, "I'm not claiming to be a doctor. I'm not claiming to be a scientist. I'm not claiming to do any studies. I'm claiming to looking into a situation, like I do as a lawyer. . . We rely on experts all the time. We follow evidence where it goes, and we are trained to question things."
That's what Lahood hopes to get out of all this. He wants parents to ask tough questions, doctors to have the ability to have an open opinion about vaccinations, vaccines not to be pushed on parents, and ultimately the safety and security of his and everyone else's children.
"We should demand the same safety studies on vaccines as they do for every other pharmaceutical drug, and they just don't do that," said Lahood.
There is currently no scientific evidence showing that vaccines cause autism. In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control announced that vaccines do not cause autism and that there is nothing linking the two.