Recent outbreaks of measles, whooping cough and other previously controlled childhood illnesses reveal the dangers of refusing to vaccinate your child. Many parents who choose not to vaccinate base their decision on the belief that vaccination may cause autism, despite enormous evidence to the contrary.
Another study, published in the April 21 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, provides additional evidence that the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine does not raise the risk of autism, even among children who are at increased genetic risk for the disorder.
The MMR-autism link was raised in a small study done in 1998 that was later proved fraudulent. Since that time, a number of rigorous international studies have found no evidence to support that claim. The latest findings are based on insurance records for nearly 96,000 U.S. children with an older brother or sister, 2 percent of whom were on the autism spectrum. There was no evidence that the MMR vaccine raised the risk of autism in either those who had an autistic sibling—suggesting a genetic predisposition—or those who didn’t.
Measles and other childhood diseases can cause serious and sometimes fatal complications. We strongly urge parents to vaccinate their children. What are your thoughts? Please share them below.