A study of 657,461 children shows that vaccines do not cause autism

New Study Finds No Link Between MMR Vaccine, Autism

Study destroys link between vaccination and autism

Probably not. A number of studies over the last decade have looked at various vaccines, including those which contain the mercury-based thimerosal, and found no association between autism and vaccines - a handful of research papers suggest otherwise, but the idea largely survives thanks to a fraudulent paper from 1998, the wilds of social media and a pervasive sense of mistrust. Will a new study from Denmark - one involving hundreds of thousands of subjects - finally convince the skeptics and activists?

In an editorial accompanying the study, Hviid and his fellow researchers added that the "fraudulent" belief that vaccines lead to autism was due to a false and "subsequently retracted" study from 20 years ago that theirs and other research has since debunked.

Yet the myth of a link between vaccines and autism continues to be used by anti-vaccine activists, who have been blamed for the ongoing measles outbreaks across the United States.

A large study has again shown there's no possible link between the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism.

Researchers also discovered that there was no increased risk for children considered to be susceptible to autism, such as those with a sibling with the disorder.

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Those theories have been blamed for a drop off in vaccination rates in some places around the world, exposing kids to childhood diseases that are known to kill and cause permanent disabilities. The research found that autism is just as prevalent among children administered the MMR vaccination compared to those who weren't.

Children who received the MMR vaccine were no more likely to have autism than those who did not get the immunization, according to findings published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Even that wasn't enough for Wakefield, who then manipulated the data in order to strengthen his hypothesis. In severe cases, pneumonia and encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain, can develop.

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. The first shows Sen.

Examining 5,025,754 person-years of follow-up data, the researchers found 6,517 children that were diagnosed with autism. 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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