A major study recently published in the journal Vaccine and conducted by the University of Sydney found that there were no connections between vaccines and autism. The researchers sampled five cohort studies of 1,256,407 children from the US, UK, Japan, and Denmark and five case studies involving 9920 children for the control group. Their findings suggest that vaccines are not associated with autism spectrum disorder or the development of the disorder itself. No industry funding was used in conducting this study.
Both groups show that there is no statistical data that support a link between commonly used vaccines such as ones used for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, or whooping cough. “The odds ratio came up null, null, null. That means there’s no connection,” explains associate Professor Guy Eslick, who led the research, “I hope it reaches a lot of parents who are sitting on the fence about whether to vaccinate their kids. I hope it helps to change their minds.”
The idea that vaccines may link to autism started in 1998 and has become more of an issue to date. Professor Eslick says that it is important to get vaccines, as there has been a spike in measles, noticed back in 2012. “It’s an emotional topic…[parents] want reasons for why their child is the way they are, and the unfortunate thing is they’ll cling onto misinformation and spurious studies.” So there is an understanding that those parents who have been involved in the anti-vaccination movement might be skeptical, but the facts remain that there is no evidence behind their cause.
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