Study On 657461 Children Finds No Link Between Vaccines And Autism

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The researchers found no increased autism risk among kids who received the MMR vaccine, compared with those who did not.

The nationwide cohort study analyzed health data from some 660,000 children born in Denmark from 1999 through December 2010, with follow-up from 1 year of age and through the end of August 2013. "The dangers of not vaccinating includes a resurgence in measles which we are seeing signs of today in the form of outbreaks".

Assertions that there was a connection between autism and the MMR vaccine led to an increase in parents choosing not to vaccinate their children against diseases such as measles during the 2000s.

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.

"The idea that vaccines cause autism is still around despite our original and other well-conducted studies", Hviid further shared with NPR.

And, children who had no childhood vaccinations were 17 per cent more likely to be diagnosed with autism than kids who did get recommended vaccinations. In 2011, The Lancet retracted the study after an investigation found that Wakefield altered or misrepresented information on the 12 children who were the basis for the conclusion of his study.

Since Wakefield's fraudulent study was released, there have been over 140 peer-reviewed articles, published in relatively high impact factor or specialized journals that document the lack of a correlation between autism and vaccines.

Several subsequent studies trying to reproduce the results have found no link between vaccines and autism.

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Other researchers agree the study provides powerful new evidence supporting the safety of the vaccine.

Currently, there is a concerning increase in measles cases in Europe and the US, and the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared vaccine hesitancy as one of the top 10 threats to global health.

All of this comes as states including New York, West Virginia and Texas push for looser vaccine regulations.

Tens of thousands of people die every year from measles, a disease that can be prevented with a simple vaccine.

In 2018, there was an nearly 50 percent increase in worldwide measles cases and approximately 136,000 deaths.

"Vaccine hesitancy means decline in vaccination rates, which could lead to more outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases", Eve Dubé, a medical anthropologist and researcher at the Research Center of the CHU de Québec-Université Laval, told Salon by email.

More recently, the MMR vaccine has been blamed for autism increases.

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