Study: The MMR Vaccine Does Not Cause Autism. Period.
FLICKR/ SCOTT ABLEMAN
No evidence has ever been found conclusively proving that the M.M.R. (Measles Mumps Rubella) vaccine causes autism. Despite this, many parents are deciding not to have their children immunized for fear that getting their child vaccinated will put them at risk for developing autism.
Because of the ongoing push back against the MMR vaccine, the US government asked the Institute of Medicine to review the known risks of vaccines. The panel of scientists found that there is no evidence that the MMR vaccine causes autism. Yet some parents still believe that vaccines cause many health issues, including autism.
The source of these fears is the 1998 Lancet study, which was retracted when the lead researcher, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, was found to be accepting payoffs from a lawyer who was suing vaccine makers. It should also be noted that there were only 12 children in the study, and the results of the study couldn’t be replicated.
The damage that has been done by this falsified study and the subsequent fear-mongering tactics of the media has been substantial. Parents worldwide are deciding not to vaccinate their children, and are thereby putting their children and others at risk. A study out of Germany seeking to find out whether unvaccinated children and adolescents differ from those vaccinated in terms of health found that “the proportion of children and adolescents who had had pertussis, measles, mumps, and/or rubella was much higher in unvaccinated children than in those who had been vaccinated against the respective disease to a sufficient extent”.
When comparing the occurrence of auto-immune diseases and ADHD between vaccinated and unvaccinated children, the study found the following: “In addition to atopic disorders, we further compared diseases – such as obstructive bronchitis, pneumonia and otitis media, heart disease, anemia, epilepsy, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – in unvaccinated and vaccinated subjects. No relevant difference in the lifetime prevalence was found, for different age groups or between girls and boys”.
What will it take for parents to realize that not vaccinating their children because of fear of autism is not only incorrect, but it puts their child at unnecessary risk of so many preventable diseases? Here’s hoping that people do their research and make their decisions based on facts and not fiction.