Published: Wed, March 06, 2019
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

MMR Vaccine Does Not Increase Risk of Autism, Another Study Confirms

MMR Vaccine Does Not Increase Risk of Autism, Another Study Confirms

There is no increased risk of autism from common childhood vaccines, another large study has found.

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.

Boys were four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls, the study found.

It concluded that the study "strongly supports that MMR vaccination does not increase the risk for autism, does not trigger autism in susceptible children, and is not associated with clustering of autism cases after vaccination".

Assertions that there was a connection between autism and the MMR vaccine led to an increase in parents choosing not to vaccinate their children against diseases such as measles during the 2000s.

And, children who had no childhood vaccinations were 17 percent more likely to be diagnosed with autism than kids who did get recommended vaccinations.

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The latest evidence unequivocally denying any link between autism and the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella - a two-dose course that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says is 97 percent effective - came Monday in a paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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.

A total of 657,461 children born between 1999 and 2010 took part in the study, and were monitored from the age of 1 until August 2013. Probably not. A number of studies over the last decade have looked at various vaccines, including those which contain the mercury-based thimerosal, and found no association between autism and vaccines - a handful of research papers suggest otherwise, but the idea largely survives thanks to a fraudulent paper from 1998, the wilds of social media and a pervasive sense of mistrust. 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.

Eight years later, outbreaks began to appearing in communities of people who were not vaccinated. The new Danish study might counteract the conspiracy thinking, but, er ... don't hold your breath.

In fact, the research did uncover some interesting - but yet unstudied - conclusions and correlations pertaining to autism diagnoses.

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