Study Says No Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism

by Stephen Riddle
MMR Vaccine and Autism

The vaccine of measles, mumps and rubella i.e. MMR is not related to higher risk of autism, a study says. This is applicable also to kids with higher risk as their sibling may have the disorder. For two decades, there has been a concern that autism and MMR vaccine has some potential link. However, a controversial paper claimed that there wasn’t any direct connection between them. This fear is very high amongst the parents that both may be related. In many communities across the US and Europe, vaccination rates are very low.

The study that was conducted examined 657,461 children from which, 6,517 diagnosed with autism. The children who were vaccinated with MMR were 7 % lesser likely to have autism, as compared to the other who were not vaccinated. The doctors and experts say that parents shouldn’t skip on these vaccinations due to fear of autism. It can be really risky. If the children are not vaccinated, then the dangers of measles can rise. Measles is a fatal disease. It is highly contagious and starts with symptoms like cough, fever, runny nose, pink eyes, etc. After this, rashes start developing on the body, starting from the head; which spread across the whole body slowly. In severe cases, measles can also lead to an inflammation of the brain.

Measles is a really dangerous disease. Its virus remains active for two long hours in the air when the affected patient coughs or sneezes. Also, people affected with measles can spread its virus for many days from their first signs of measles to times when the rashes appear. For studying the connection between MMR vaccine and autism, the researchers did a nationwide cohort of all the kids born in Denmark to Danish. They studied children of ages starting from one year to 14 years. Instead, a few facts about autism were noticed. The kids having autistic siblings were more prone to be diagnosed with autism. Also, boys were more prone than girls. The kids who were vaccinated in childhood were more prone to be diagnosed with autism.

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