MMR vaccine does not increase risk for autism

A nurse prepares an injection of the MMR vaccine.									GEOFF CADDICK  AFP  Getty Images

A nurse prepares an injection of the MMR vaccine. GEOFF CADDICK AFP Getty Images

They found no difference in autism rates when they compared children who had the vaccine, with those who had not. That study involved 537,000 Danish children.

That's the major take away from yet another study looking to unravel the link between vaccines and the developmental disability.

Just a five percent reduction in vaccination coverage can triple measles cases in the community, researchers note.

Concerns about a potential link between the MMR vaccine and autism have persisted for two decades, since a controversial and ultimately retracted 1998 paper claimed there was a direct connection.

With measles outbreaks reported in several states, researchers hope a new study can further reassure parents that vaccines are safe and the MMR vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella does not increase the risk of autism.

"The authors also investigated whether subgroups of children, who already had an increased likelihood of developing autism because of the presence of certain risk factors, might be particularly susceptible to the vaccine" she said.

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Yet, many parents still fear vaccinating their children against these preventable diseases, and it is creating big risks. Hviid wrote in the publication: "We found no support for the hypothesis of increased risk for autism after MMR vaccination".

"The appropriate interpretation is that there's no association whatsoever", Saad Omer, a professor of global health, epidemiology and pediatrics at Emory University, said in an interview with The Washington Post. During this time, 6,517 kids were diagnosed with autism.

The research also found that vaccines are not to blame for autism in certain groups of children who may be more susceptible to getting autism - such as siblings of children with autism or kids of mothers who smoked during pregnancy. Even that wasn't enough for Wakefield, who then manipulated the data in order to strengthen his hypothesis.

Dr Anders Peter Hviid of the Statens Serum Institute: 'MMR is not associated with autism.

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 first shows Sen.

In fact, the research did uncover some interesting - but yet unstudied - conclusions and correlations pertaining to autism diagnoses. The second is the testimony of the young man who broke away from his parents' control to escape the anti-vaxx movement, followed by an ABC News profile of Lindenberger and his family.

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