Massive New Study Once Again Proves No Link Between Vaccines and Autism

The comprehensive research analyzed more than 650,000 people.
ByStephanie Grassullo
Associate Editor
Published
Mar 2019
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There is no link between the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and developing autism.

Previous studies have already proved this, but a new study from Denmark once again found no association between the two. This will hopefully put vaccine fears to rest once and for all.

The study looked at more than 650,000 children born in Denmark from 1999 through December 2010 and concluded that, “MMR vaccination does not increase the risk for autism, does not trigger autism in susceptible children and is not associated with clustering of autism cases after vaccination.”

So why put all that time and energy into something we already know? Two words: Vaccine hesitancy.

Despite doctors and scientists endlessly advocating for vaccines as the most effective way to prevent you, your family and those around you from developing dangerous diseases, people still have doubts. These doubts are so dangerous they threaten to reverse the progress made in tackling vaccine-preventable diseases.

Just look at measles. The disease has seen a 30 percent increase globally, according to the World Health Organization. In the US alone, there have been 206 cases of measles across 11 states this year, the CDC says. Plus, this year there have been six outbreaks—defined as three or more cases—throughout multiple areas in New York as well as in Washington state, Texas and Illinois.

The movement is in large part fueled by information found on the Internet released by anti-vaccine groups that make vaccines seem unsafe and even medically unethical for doctors to administer. It’s gotten so out of hand that social media site, like Pinterest, YouTube and Facebook have had to do double down their efforts to stop the spread of misleading anti-vax ads and posts.

It’s escalated so much that the anti-vax movement was declared a global health threat for 2019.

Hopefully the latest study will help those with vaccine fears understand that immunizing themselves and their families is effective and safe.

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