No association between MMR vaccine & Autism

5th March 2019

A study published in the journal of the American medical association has looked at whether or not there is an association between childhood vaccination with the measles, mumps & rubella vaccine (MMR) and childhood autism. Beliefs that MMR vaccination may cause autism have led to a decrease in its uptake particulalrly following the research published by Andrew Wakefield which was subsequently discredited.

This study looked at 95,727 children who also had an older sibling. MMR vaccine was not associated with an increased risk at either 2 or 5 years of age

The authors concluded “In this large sample of privately insured children with older siblings, receipt of the MMR vaccine was not associated with increased risk of ASD, regardless of whether older siblings had ASD. These findings indicate no harmful association between MMR vaccine receipt and ASD even among children already at higher risk for ASD.”

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