Vax fears still plague parents of kids with autism, 20 years after Wakefield scandal

Children with autism spectrum disorder have significantly lower vaccination rates, a study shows

Children with autism and their younger siblings may be missing out on vaccinations because of lingering parental concerns after the 1998 Wakefield MMR scandal.

Vaccination Child Wakefield Autism

A US study shows children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have a significantly lower vaccination rate than those without the condition.

The researchers examined the immunisation records of nearly 600,000 children, including 3700 diagnosed with ASD.

They found that just 82% of children with ASD had been fully vaccinated by the age of seven, compared with 94% of other