Published: Wed, March 06, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Largest study ever finds no link between measles vaccine and autism

Largest study ever finds no link between measles vaccine and autism

The latest study examined every child born in Denmark between 1999 and 2010 and found no evidence that the vaccine triggered autism in children with risk factors such as having a sibling with the development disorder. This study was withdrawn after scientists noticed images had been manipulated, and one of the co-authors claimed that figures in the paper were deliberately altered before publication. "The dangers of not vaccinating includes a resurgence in measles which we are seeing signs of today in the form of outbreaks".

Amid ongoing U.S. measles outbreaks, one of the largest studies to date provides fresh evidence that the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine does not cause autism.

Children with autistic siblings were more than seven times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than kids without this family history, the study found.

"This idea that vaccines cause autism is still around and is still getting a lot of exposure in social media", noted Anders Hviid, lead study author and senior investigator at Statens Serum Institut in Denmark.

Recall that the original study in 1998 from Wakefield that created the hysteria over an alleged link between MMR and autism had a sample size of just twelve children.

Anyone with a rational frame of mind came to the proper conclusion years ago - vaccines don't cause autism and any suggestion they did was the fruit of fraud.

The discredited link between the MMR vaccine and autism dates back two decades to a study published in The Lancet that claimed a handful of children had been diagnosed with autism within four weeks of receiving the vaccination.

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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. Yet people continue to resist vaccinations.

Unfortunately, the new study may not change many minds in the anti-vaxxer community.

Around the world, measles cases increased by 48.4% between 2017 and 2018, according to UNICEF calculations from World Health Organization data.

"However, the anti-vaccine movement is not influenced by facts, by science or by logic, so I fear that another study demonstrating the safety of MMR vaccination will not sway those whose allegiance is not to reality, but to irrational arbitrary beliefs".

The findings show the vaccine does not increase the risk of autism, lending new statistical certainty to what was already medical consensus.

The measles, mumps and rubella vaccine in question is a two-dose course that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention touts as 97 percent effective.

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