'Coffin nailed and superglued shut' on MMR-autism link

Giving the vaccine to children at high risk of the disorder doesn't make them more susceptible, large Danish study shows

The latest study to debunk the MMR-autism link reassures parents of children who are more susceptible to the disorder that they will not be put at even higher risk if they have the vaccine.

According to data from more than 650,000 mostly vaccinated children with more than five million person-years of follow-up, Danish researchers found no difference in incidence of autism between MMR-vaccinated children and their non-vaccinated peers.

The vaccine did not further increase the risk of autism in children who had a sibling with autism or were at greater risk due to factors such as low birth weight, the study showed.

The Statens Serum Institut researchers also evaluated the risk of autism for each year after MMR vaccination had been administered and failed to find evidence of clusters of autism diagnoses.

Furthermore, the risk of autism was not higher among children who had received other childhood