Major New Study Finds No Link Between Vaccines And Autism

Major New Study Finds No Link Between Vaccines And Autism

A new, large study finds the MMR vaccine does not increase the risk of autism.

A new study has confirmed what scientists have been saying for years, with virtual unanimity: There is no link between the standard MMR vaccination given to children and autism.

The study is yet another piece of evidence to debunk claims by anti-vaxxers that vaccinations are risky and can leave children with life-long challenges. About 95% of the subjects received the vaccine, and 6,500 or so were diagnosed with autism. The researchers documented a host of characteristics alongside diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder, including proven autism risk factors, like the "age of the parents, diagnosis of autism in a sibling, preterm birth and low weight at birth, "according to CNN".

Kids who got the MMR vaccine were seven per cent less likely to develop autism than children who didn't get vaccinated, researchers report in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The US now is dealing with outbreaks of diseases like measles that had once been thought eradicated within the country.

The research comes as anti-vaxxers continue to rally against vaccines because they believe they cause autism, despite significant scientific research to the contrary and assurances from the Centers for Disease Control about the safety of vaccines.

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The largest study so far into vaccines and autism has concluded there is no link, even in children who have a higher risk of developing the disorder.

In an editorial accompanying the study, Hviid and his fellow researchers added that the "fraudulent" belief that vaccines lead to autism was due to a false and "subsequently retracted" study from 20 years ago that theirs and other research has since debunked. There was no random selection involved, no blind sample for comparison; Wakefield specifically selected the twelve in order to show stronger correlation between the two.

"The paper reinforces the important public health message of maintaining high community vaccine coverage particularly in light of the lack of any association of MMR with childhood autism", Professor Leonard said.

Measles can be avoided through vaccination, and 90 percent of Danish kids are every year, but in other nations fewer people are being vaccinated and the trajectory is on a downward spiral. The new Danish study might counteract the conspiracy thinking, but, er ... don't hold your breath. The first shows Sen.

The myth linking vaccines and autism grew out of a 1998 study by Andrew Wakefield, published in the medical journal The Lancet.

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