A new massive study concluded that vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella doesn't cause autism.
A link between autism and the MMR vaccine has long been wrongly suggested, due to a controversial paper published in prestigious journal The Lancet over 20 years ago.
Although the author of that paper, Andrew Wakefield, has been discredited and the original paper retracted, the myth that vaccines cause autism persists, even though mounting scientific evidence suggests otherwise.
Today this myth has gained more traction thanks to the world of fake information on social media.
The new study, conducted by a team of researchers with the Statens Serum Institute in Denmark proved the myth wrong again. Their study followed childbirths in Denmark from 1999 to Dec. 31, 2010, and then followed up with the children from 1 year old until the study was completed in 2013. Using the Danish health registry allowed the researchers to compare a cohort of vaccinated children against unvaccinated children, definitively showing that those who received the MMR vaccine weren't at a higher risk of autism.
Examining 5,025,754 person-years of follow-up data, the researchers found 6,517 children who were diagnosed with autism. The team also showed that even those children considered more susceptible to the condition due to family history and other risk factors were not at higher risk of the disease.
In conclusion, the Danish team ended with a resolute statement in support of the idea 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."
Hopefully this study might act as an eye opener for the anti-vaccine people.
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