Childhood vaccinations not linked to development of autism
THERE is no evidence to link the development of autism with childhood vaccines, research from the University of Sydney has found.
A systematic international review — the first of its kind — was undertaken examining studies from medical databases, including cohort studies with more than 1.25 million children and an additional five case-controlled studies with 9920 children.
Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, which is usually given to children 12-18 months for free in Australia. Source: AFP
The results found there was no statistical data to support a relationship between childhood vaccination for the commonly-used measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough vaccines and the development of autism or autism spectrum disorders.
Associate Professor Guy Eslick from the Sydney Medical School said these vaccines were the ones which had received the most attention by anti-vaccination groups.
“A rising awareness of autism cases and the claimed, but not proven link, to childhood vaccinations has led to both an increased distrust in the trade between vaccine benefit outweighing potential risks and an opportunity for disease resurgence,” he said.
The data consistently shows the lack of evidence for an association between autism, autism spectrum disorders and childhood vaccinations.
“This has in recent times become a major public health issue with vaccine-preventable diseases rapidly increasing in the community due to the fear of a ‘link’ between vaccinations and autism.”
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