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Scientists just published one of the largest studies to date comparing autism rates between children vaccinated with the MMR vaccine and children who did not receive the vaccine. In all, data on more than 650,000 Danish children was collected between 1999 and 2010. Nearly 32,000 of those kids did not get the MMR vaccine. Over time, about 6,500 children received an autism diagnosis.
There was no difference in autism rates between the vaccinated and unvaccinated group, according to the findings published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The researchers also concluded that:
- The MMR vaccine does not increase the risk of autism among children susceptible to the disorder, such as those who have siblings with autism, or who were born preterm.
- There is no evidence of any increase in autism diagnoses following MMR vaccinations.
None of these findings are a surprise. Multiple studies have reached the same conclusion, and medical experts – including those at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – unanimously agree that vaccines do not cause autism.
Nevertheless, false rumors about a link between autism and vaccines persist and are widely shared on social media. The belief stems from a small 1998 study that has long been discredited.
The CDC and World Health Organization attribute the measles outbreaks on the rise across the United States and Europe to an increase in the number of parents who are hesitant to vaccinate their kids.
Before the measles vaccine was introduced, thousands of people were hospitalized and hundreds died in the United States each year from the disease. The MMR vaccine is about 97 percent effective at preventing measles.
You can help keep your child safe by ensuring he's up to date with immunizations. Talk to your doctor if you're considering delaying some vaccinations, and check out these tips on how to make shots less traumatic for your baby or toddler.
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