No connection between autism and vaccines, new study confirms


AUSTIN (KXAN) — A newly published Danish study recently found that there is zero evidence showing that vaccinations — including those for mumps, measles and rubella — lead to autism in children.

The study observed 657,461 children born in Denmark from 1999 through December 31, 2010, with a follow-up from age 1 through August 31, 2013. The sampling of subjects is one of the largest studies done on the affectis of measles, mumps and rubella — also known as MMR — vaccines in relation to autism in children.

In the study’s conclusion, researchers say:

The study strongly supports that MMR vaccination does not increase the risk for autism, does not trigger autism in susceptible children, and is not associated with clustering of autism cases after vaccination.

The study also observed children with sibling history of autism, austism risk factor and other childhood vaccinations and also found no risk of autism after vaccinations.

In a comment to health news website Stat, Anders Hviid, one of the researchers on the project, said: “The idea that vaccines cause autism is still going around. And the anti-vaxx movement, if anything, has perhaps only grown stronger over the last 15 years. The trend that we’re seeing is worrying.”

The nation has recently seen a rise in MMR — conditions previously thought to be threats of the past — in schools and even in ICE detention centers. KXAN previously reported that several cases of MMR have been found in the area, including six measles cases earlier in February. 

Texas Health and Human Service’s Vaccines for Children program offers low-cost vaccines to children from birth through age 18. For more information, click here.

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