I'm not trying to be insulting, but whenever I hear people blowing off the possible vaccines/autism connection, I can pretty much tell that they haven't done much research of their own, not just about vaccinations, but also the other things in their environments and diets. Even if vaccines don't "cause" autism, it certainly is not outside of the realm of possibility that it could be a trigger for issues, plus there are other serious effects to consider.
The bottom line for our family is this: We have taken great strides to ensure that our diets, our home, my pregnancies, and our immediate environment is as natural and toxin-free as possible. We're not crazy about it, but we just make conscious choices knowing that the things we come into contact with make a difference in our health. Many of the ingredients in almost ALL of the vaccinations manufactured today (confirmed on the CDC website) are ones that we avoid because they have been PROVEN to influence behavior, learning, development, moods and overall health. These include, but are not limited to, preservatives, MSG, aluminum (not tested/proven safe at any level when taken internally) animal proteins and even aborted fetal tissue (which presents a separate ethical issue for us). If some of these things can be problematic when inhaled, eaten, etc I have great reservations about their effects on the human body when injected directly into the bloodstream - especially that of a baby or child.
Some say kids get vaxed and they are fine. Perhaps. But I look around and see exponentially higher numbers of illnesses, learning disabilities, behavior issues, and a host of other labels that were not issues in the past when kids were only given 12 shots in their childhood. Now kids get 30 before they're 2 years old. In spite of all our advanced "healthcare", this is the most unhealthy generation!
Now, I'm not so naive to think vaccinations are the causes of all of these things. Our environment is toxic. Kids eat junk and food laden with chemicals, pesticides and genetically modified ingredients. They don't exercise. People use chemical cleaners in their homes. Many have emotional issues due to individual circumstances. Poor eating / living habits are passed on through family histories, affecting genetics. All I'm saying is there is absolutely a cumulative effect to all of this. I just want to encourage families to consider these things in conjunction with vaccine research from both sides.
I think people need to be more mindful of what goes into their bodies in general. Keep it REAL!
This is not an easy decision at all. My 14 month old is not vaxed and has not suffered through the many illnesses and issues that his cousins have. I'm not saying he'll never have a vaccination, but so far he's great and our pediatrician is supportive. Currently, the AAP still advises drs to treat and support parents even if they do not want to vaccinate. If the public health aspect of this was that dire, I do not believe that would be their stance.
Good luck with whatever you decide! We're all doing the best we can and may God's grace cover our kids as we strive to be good stewards of them.