The anti-vaccine movement was dealt a blow Tuesday when yet another study declared no autism link found between the measles mumps rubella vaccine and autism.
The study, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, was based on research conducted from 2001-2012 on more than 95,000 children — some of whom had older siblings with autism and some of whom did not.
The JAMA-published study is just the most recent in a long list of studies said to disprove the alleged link between the MMR vaccine and autism. Numerous medical organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the CDC, and the World Health Organization all agree that there has been no evidence to support an autism link found after vaccinations.
Yet, despite scientific evidence to the contrary, a huge anti-vaccine movement has sprung up around the world. Celebrities from Jenny McCarthy to Kristin Cavalleri to Sen. John McCain have all voiced concerns over the affects of vaccines. Across social media, the debate about whether to vaccinate rages daily.
Perhaps that’s because parents simply don’t understand where the autism link comes from, Dr. Lee Sanders told WebMD. In fact, Sanders admits, because doctors and researchers are also at a loss to explain why some children have autism and others don’t, the condition can be confusing for everyone. Sanders, who is an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine told WebMD:
“In the absence of any answers from the scientific community, any scintilla of suggestion is going to get magnified by the social process of talking it out. All you need is one individual’s story and it will expand.”
According to the CDC, one in 88 children fall somewhere on the autism spectrum, and when it comes to boys, the numbers are even more staggering: One in 42 male children fall somewhere on the autism spectrum.
It’s numbers like these that cause parents to think twice about vaccinating their children, despite the overwhelming scientific evidence that shows there has been no autism link found when it comes to vaccines.
According to WebMD, the anti-vaccine movement gained steam in 1998 when The Lancet published a report about eight children who had developed autism-like systems shortly after receiving their first MMR vaccinations. Since then, The Lancet has retracted the study and it’s been proven that the information used in the study was flawed.
In fact, since then, more than 14 studies have concluded that there is no autism link found among those who have been vaccinated. The most recent JAMA study concludes the same.
Yet, the debate rages on. Where do you fall on the vaccination debate? What do you think of the most recent study, which says there is no autism link found among those who vaccinate?
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