The MMR Vaccine and autism

Does the MMR Vaccine cause autism?

It is wrong to call the MMR vaccine scandal a controversy. The answer from the global scientific community is total solidarity: there is absolutely no link between MMR and autism. So why does discussion continue?

The problem began in 1998 when Andrew Wakefield, a former UK medical researcher published an article linking MMR to autism and bowel disease. With an apparent rise in autism cases globally, the media got behind this single research paper and blew it out of all proportion. The fraudulent research paper was soon discredited, and Wakefield was struck from the medical register. However, a ball had started rolling which in the modern age is hard to stop.

With the advent of the Internet, anything which is published is available forever, no matter what. Which means it’s easy to find “support” for the autism link. This is why it is vital that when reading, you (yes, you!) maintain a critical mind – it’s up to you to judge what is right. The most appealing claim is that giving the shot in three parts is better for the child because it uses a smaller needle. In fact, the needle is the same size regardless, so instead of one traumatic incident, your child has to go through three. And you have to take three mornings off work to get them to the doctor… There is strong evidence that three separate jabs results in missed appointments and less effective immunisation. That’s why the MMR comes in one needle.

How does skipping the MMR vaccine affect your community?

Badly.

By skipping the MMR vaccine, you increase the risk of an outbreak in your community.

In this case, you have a simple choice: take the MMR vaccine for your children, or skip the MMR vaccine.

If you give the MMR vaccine, there is no evidence that it increases the risk of developing autism.

If you don’t give the MMR vaccine, your child is definitely at risk of developing three of the worlds most deadly diseases.

We don’t think it’s a particularly difficult choice.

  • I heard a kid got autism after MMR

    Autism symptoms appear at the same age as the MMR vaccination is given. That is to say, this is a coincidence, not cause and effect.

  • Aren't vaccines viruses?

    This is tricky, but the short answer is no. Vaccines are like the smell of apples in air freshener – you get hungry, but there are no apples.

Further reading

http://www.cochrane.org/CD004407/ARI_using-the-combined-vaccine-for-protection-of-children-against-measles-mumps-and-rubella