Huge New Autism Study Reignites Vaccine Debate

little boy receiving a shotFor years, people have debated whether or not a link exists between the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine and autism. Scientists continued to debunk that myth, but the latest study should shut down that speculation once and for all. After observing more than 95,000 children, doctors proved, yet again, that there is no link between autism and the measles vaccine.

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The findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, say that by studying 95,000 children who had older siblings, and about 2,000 of those who had an older sibling with autism, researchers at the A. J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University were able to prove that there was no connection between the vaccine and the disorder at any given age.

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Whether or not a child's older sibling had ASD, their risk of the disorder was not tied to their vaccination. Even those children who were deemed to be at a higher risk for autism did not become more predisposed to it through the immunization.

Also interestingly, out of their sample of close to 100,000 children, the doctors found that the MMR vaccination rate for children who did not have a sibling with autism was around 92 percent by the time they reached age 5. However, children who had a sibling diagnosed with ASD had a vaccination rate of 86 percent, possibly showing that parents chose not to vaccinate their younger children because of fear that the oldest child's autism was caused by the vaccine.

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And it's exactly for that reason why this study is huge for moms. Ever since doctors debunked Andrew Wakefield's 1998 study that falsely linked autism to the MMR vaccine, the idea that one causes the other has sparked countless debates.

But this latest news should continue to get people talking.

What do you think of this study's findings?

 

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