Australian study confirms no link between autism and vaccines
The comprehensive review examined five cohort studies that involved more than 1.25 million children. An additional five case-control studies involving more than 9920 children was also included.
Researchers found no statistical evidence to support a relationship between childhood immunisation for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), which is one of the concerns often cited by anti-vaccination groups.
There was also no association between diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccines – as well as the components thimerosal and mercury – and the development of autism or autism spectrum disorder.
Associate Professor of Surgery and Cancer Epidemiology, Guy Eslick of the Sydney Medical School, who conducted the research, said he hopes the findings will contribute to dealing with the public health issues that arise from decreased herd immunity as a result of parents not immunising children.
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