Thursday, 21 March, 2019

Major European study finds no link between vaccines and autism

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Celia Hoffman | 06 March, 2019, 02:40

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines autism as a developmental disability that is caused by differences in how the brain functions, and has long said studies show there is no link between autism and vaccines. "It's imported from other parts of the world, finds those pockets of susceptible children and causes illness, also among children who at the moment are too young to be vaccinated".

A large, multi-year Danish study evaluating whether immunization against measles, mumps and rubella increases the risk for autism has concluded it does not.

Researchers used a population registry to evaluate whether the MMR vaccine increased the risk of autism in children born in Denmark between 1999 and 2010.

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.

"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".

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.

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"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.

Boys were four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls, the study found. Their study followed child births in Denmark from 1999 to December 31, 2010, and then followed up with the children from 1 year old until the study was completed in 2013.

Additionally, there was no increased risk of autism for children who got the MMR vaccine and were also members of other subgroups - siblings of children with autism, children with other risk factors for autism and children who received other childhood vaccinations. Even that wasn't enough for Wakefield, who then manipulated the data in order to strengthen his hypothesis.

Another drawback is the potential for some kids to have undiagnosed autism before getting the MMR vaccine, which could make the MMR vaccine appear linked to autism when it really isn't connected, the study authors note.

Eight years later, outbreaks began to appearing in communities of people who were not vaccinated. The first shows Sen.

"Anti-vaxxers" refuse to immunise children, in the (mistaken) belief that vaccines cause conditions such as autism. Ethan Lindenberger won't be the last one to need to do so, unfortunately, but at least he's still alive.

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