Another major study confirms no connection between autism and MMR vaccine

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The biggest contribution of the study was the inclusion of children at risk of autism, said Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, who was not involved in the new research. "The dangers of not vaccinating includes a resurgence in measles which we are seeing signs of today in the form of outbreaks". During this time, 6,517 kids were diagnosed with autism. Critics had complained that earlier efforts had failed to focus on the effects of the vaccine on kids at increased risk of autism, according to an editorial accompanying the new study.

"The study strongly supports that MMR vaccination does not increase the risk for autism, does not trigger autism in susceptible children, and is not associated with clustering of autism cases after vaccination", the authors from the Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen conclude in their paper.

"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.

Effective vaccination coverage helped declared measles eliminated in the United States in 2000, and vaccination worldwide has resulted in an 84 percent decline in measles deaths in this century.

The researchers also found that there was no increased risk for autism after MMR vaccination in subgroups of children with a sibling history of autism, autism risk factors, or other childhood vaccinations, or during specified time periods after vaccination.

Despite repeated studies demonstrating no link between the MMR vaccine and autism, anti-vaccine advocates continue to cite that concern as one basis for their opposition. According to CNN, "Wakefield had been compensated by a law firm intending to sue manufacturers of the MMR vaccine, and in 2010, he lost his medical license".

The study of children born in Denmark is one of the largest ever of the MMR vaccine.

Measles can be avoided through vaccination, and 90 percent of Danish kids are every year, but in other nations fewer people are being vaccinated and the trajectory is on a downward spiral. The new Danish study might counteract the conspiracy thinking, but, er ... don't hold your breath. In severe cases, pneumonia and encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain, can develop. The first shows Sen. Researchers also drew upon information from several databases, including the Danish Vaccinations Registry (Det Danske Vaccinationsregister) and a record of autism diagnoses. 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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