For years, the anti-vaccination lobby has spread misinformation about a supposed ‘link’ between the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine — a link based on decades-old pseudoscience by discredited, fraudulent gastroenterologist Andrew Wakefield.
The findings from the study of more than 95,000 children were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, one of the world’s leading medical journals.
As The Guardian reports, the study sought to find out whether children who had older brothers or sisters with autism — and therefore were at higher risk than most — were more likely to develop an autistic spectrum disorder after having the vaccination.
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The research team, led by Anjali Jain of the Lewin Group in Virginia, found no association between the jab and autism — and that finding held even among the 2% of ‘high-risk’ children in the study, who had an older brother or sister with an autistic spectrum disorder.
So, there you go. The world is still round. The sky is still blue. And there is still no link — at all — between this vaccine and autism.
Save the Date to Vaccinate is an initiative from NSW Health to remind parents of the importance of on-time vaccinations for children. Visitwww.immunisation.health.nsw.
gov.auto download the free ‘Save the Date’ phone app.”