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The measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine does not increase the risk of autism and does not trigger autism in children who are at risk, according to a new study of over 650,000 children.

This news adds to previous wok in the field in an effort to debunk the link between the vaccine and autism in children.

The research found:

  • no support for the hypothesis of increased risk for autism after MMR vaccination
  • no support for the hypothesis of MMR vaccination triggering autism in susceptible subgroups characterized by environmental and familial risk factors
  • and no support for a clustering of autism cases in specific time periods after MMR vaccination.

How was the current research conducted?

This new study used a population registry of children born in Denmark between 1999 and 2010. In total, 657,461 children were followed through August 2013, with researchers documenting diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder.

Of the children, 6517 children were diagnosed with autism.

Those given the vaccine were no more likely to be diagnosed with autism than those who did not have the vaccine.

To read the study in full, follow this link.

Why do people link the MMR to Autism?

The above study proves vaccines are safe. Why the superstition over the MMR and autism then?

A controversial, and later retracted paper by Andrew Wakefield almost 2 decades ago in the medical journal The Lancet was the genesis of the theory.

The study was withdrawn in 2011 by The Lancet after an investigation found Wakefield altered information.