- by Dr Gowher Yusuf
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- Oct 24 2017
Is there any association between MMR Vaccine and Autism?
(Resource: A Population-Based Study of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Vaccination and Autism. New England Journal of Medicine. Volume 347:1477-1482)
In recent years, there has been a great deal of discussion and apprehension among parents because of the supposed link between the MMR vaccine and Autism. Some parents began to refuse the MMR vaccine or seek to get the shot as 3 separate measles, mumps and rubella shots instead of the single combination vaccine.
The Center of Disease Control has long held that 'the weight of currently available scientific evidence does not support the hypothesis that vaccines cause autism. A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine, A Population-Based Study of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Vaccination and Autism, concluded that "there was no association between the age at the time of vaccination, the time since vaccination, or the date of vaccination and the development of autistic disorder."
Although other studies have had similar results, this is the largest study so far that "provides strong evidence against the hypothesis that MMR vaccination causes autism." In this study, all of the children who were born in Denmark between 1991 and 1998, totaling 537,303 children, were looked at to see if there was an increased risk of developing autism in the 82% of children that received the MMR vaccine.
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