Measles, mumps and rubella vaccine does not cause autism, new study finds

Grant Boone
March 6, 2019

In the current study, researchers examined data on 657,461 children. The US now is dealing with outbreaks of diseases like measles that had once been thought eradicated within the country. "In all cases, we have concluded that there is no link between the MMR vaccine and autism", SSI senior researcher Anders Hviid, who led the study in partnership with Professor Mads Melbye, said.

The study adds to the (already very large) body of evidence that shows there is no link between vaccines and autism.

The study, published in Annals of Internal Medicine, found that children who had siblings with autism were seven times more likely to go on to be diagnosed with ASD than children without a family history of the disorder, and boys were four times more likely to be diagnosed than girls.

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. Not a single study afterward ever corroborated Wakefield's hypothesis at all, and by the time Lancet finally withdrew the study's publication twelve years later, the British medical community had concluded that Wakefield was a fraud.

Now, a massive Danish study involving 650,000 children over a decade has debunked the autism-via-MMR vaccination myth once and for all.

In the end, the researchers and doctors around the world want parents to look to this study and the others like it and rest easy about the vaccine.

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Since Wakefield's fraudulent study was released, there have been over 140 peer-reviewed articles, published in relatively high impact factor or specialized journals that document the lack of a correlation between autism and vaccines.

There is also concerns among medical and public health officials that recent outbreaks of measles were linked to the rise in non-vaccinations among children whose parents have bought into inaccurate information about a hypothetical connection between vaccines and autism.

"Autism occurred just as frequently among the children who had been MMR-vaccinated as it did among the 31,619 children who had not been vaccinated". Worldwide, incidents of measels increased 48.4% between 2017 and 2018, according to the WHO.

"I think people need to realize that a choice not to get a vaccine is not a risk-free choice".

Also this week, the American Academy of Pediatrics wrote to Facebook, Google and Pinterest calling for the companies to do more to prevent the spread of misinformation about vaccines on their platforms.

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