In an ongoing effort to identify the cause or causes of autism but to also prevent children from being affected, experts have focused heavily on vaccinations. For some time, there were questions as to whether the measles vaccine was linked to autism but according to a new study, there is no connection.
As part of this new study, nearly 100,000 children vaccinated against measles, mumps, and rubella were monitored. The outcome showed absolute no increased risk of autism. Researchers carefully studied health insurance claims that covered the children who had received no, one, or the recommended two doses of vaccinations in 2001 over an 11-year period.
At the conclusion of the study, researchers were unable to link any type of harmful association between the vaccinations and the development of autism. What researchers found most interesting was the fact that there was also no development of autism among children considered to be at risk, those with a sibling with the illness, this according to Dr. Anjali Jain.
The findings of the study were published in the Journal of American Medical Association, following the most recent outbreak of measles in December 2014. That outbreak was traced back to Disneyland, with a total of 131 cases being documented. Among those children, vaccination status was obtained for 81.
Using that data as well, researchers found that 70% of the children were never vaccinated. As explained by Dr. Jain, it is difficult to dispute science. The data has been analyzed repeatedly and according to what top experts have uncovered, there is absolutely no reason that children should not be vaccinated.
Dr. Bryan King from Children’s Hospital in Seattle provided an accompanying editorial in which he declared there is no link between vaccine and autism. He added that the only conclusion that could possibly be drawn from the study is that no signal has been found to even closely suggest a connection between the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination and the development of autism, for children with and without an affected sibling.
As of to date, literally dozens of detailed studies on the subject have been conducted and they all that there is no link between vaccinations and the age of onset for autism, severity of autism, and risk of autism. Many of the studies were prompted after a 1998 study by Andrew Wakefield suggested a link existed.
Interest grew significantly when actress Jenny McCarthy got involved. As the mother of an autistic child, she wanted to know and had the right to know why her son had developed the illness but unfortunately, multiple new and more advanced studies dispute Wakefield’s claim.