Yet Another Scientific Study Shows No Link Between Vaccines And Autism

Yet Another Scientific Study Shows No Link Between Vaccines And Autism

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Will this finally be the study that gets antivaxxers to see there’s no link between the MMR vaccine and autism?

It’s 2019, and we can say, with confidence, completely backed by science, that vaccines do not cause autism. Yet, somehow, that ridiculous rumor persists. People still say vaccines are dangerous, and deny possibly life-saving inoculations to their kids out of pure fear. Yikes.

Since some people are more likely to listen to dangerously misguided celebrities or politicians than their doctors, all we can do is keep hammering them with good, scientific evidence. So, antivaxxers, here’s yet another study showing there’s no link at all between the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism.

This time, researchers in Denmark followed 657,461 children born between 1999 and 2010, using a population registry to track which ones had received the MMR vaccine. The researchers also looked at risk factors for autism, including age of the parents, diagnosis of autism in a sibling, preterm birth and low weight at birth.

95 percent of the kids received an MMR vaccine, and 6,517 of them were diagnosed with autism. That’s just under one percent. This study shows pretty conclusively that there is no link at all between the MMR vaccine and autism. There just is not.

What may be even more important is that this study showed the MMR vaccine doesn’t increase the risk of autism in kids who already show other risk factors.