Major European study finds no link between vaccines and autism

Pearl Mccarthy
March 6, 2019

In fact, the researchers found that unvaccinated children were more likely to go on to be diagnosed with autism than those who received vaccines.

In the study, researchers analyzed data collected from all children born in Denmark to Danish-born mothers between 1999 and 2010. Their study followed child births in Denmark from 1999 to December 31, 2010, and then followed up with the children from 1 year old until the study was completed in 2013.

"The dangers of not vaccinating includes a resurgence in measles which we are seeing signs of today in the form of outbreaks", Hviid said by email.

They found no increased risk of developing autism after getting the MMR vaccine, no clustering of autism cases in children who were given the vaccine, and no increase in the rate of autism among susceptible children.

The MMR vaccine protects children from measles, mumps and rubella and is used throughout the world to save the lives of millions of children.

Several subsequent studies trying to reproduce the results have found no link between vaccines and autism.

The Centers for Disease Control and many others have long noted there's no proven link between vaccines and autism, and now the agency has yet another study to back those claims. Ninety-five percent of the 657,461 children were given the MMR vaccine and and 6,517 were diagnosed with autism.

The study of children born in Denmark is one of the largest ever of the MMR vaccine.

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Ninety-two percent of USA children have received the MMR vaccine, while that number seems high, the number of children under two who haven't received any vaccinations has quadrupled in the last 17 years.

The findings come amid heightened concerns about people forgoing vaccination with the World Health Organization recently naming vaccine hesitancy to its list of top 10 threats to global health in 2019.

In 2018, there was an nearly 50 percent increase in worldwide measles cases and approximately 136,000 deaths.

In an editorial accompanying the study, Hviid and his fellow researchers added that the "fraudulent" belief that vaccines lead to autism was due to a false and "subsequently retracted" study from 20 years ago that theirs and other research has since debunked.

For every 1,000 children who get measles, one or two will die from the disease, CBS News reports.

With anti-vaccine groups becoming more vocal and even celebrities and politicians spreading fear of vaccines, Hviid and his team wanted to provide solid scientific answers.

Just a five percent reduction in vaccination coverage can triple measles cases in the community, researchers note.

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