In news that will not surprise anyone who trusts medical advice over ‘expert’ opinion: science has once again definitively proven that there is no correlation between vaccination rates and increased autism diagnoses in children.
Yes, despite what the anti-vaxxers will tell you.
Every piece of credible medical research points to vaccination preventing illnesses in children rather than causing some. And yet, the anti-vaccination lobby has maintained its stance on spreading lies, fear and misinformation. Top of their list? The myth that more parents ‘exposing’ their children to vaccinations has caused autism levels in the population to rise– a claim that has absolutely no basis in fact.
Vaccinations and autism are not correlated.
This week, another study has concluded that the apparent ‘rise’ in autism rates is a too-long perpetuated myth. Rather than more children being on the autism spectrum than ever before, more of them are simply now receiving a diagnosis, JAMA Pediatrics has found.
Researchers behind the study found that almost two thirds of the increase in Danish children with autism over the last decade is due to how autism is now diagnosed and tracked– NOT because there are more of them than before. This has dispelled the common anti-vaccination rhetoric that autism rates in the mid 1990s only increased because more chose to vaccinate their children.
The data examined the health records of over half a million children born between 1980 and 1991, until they either had an autism diagnosis or reached the study end date in December 2011. It showed that yes, the number of children diagnosed with autism has increased since the mid 90s. Not because more of those children were vaccinated, but because what fell under the autism spectrum shifted then too.
There has never been a link and will never be a link between vaccines and autism.