This article is about the head of Milwaukee health department, and how Patricia McManus gave a misguided radio interview. During said interview she was asked whether the mumps, measles and MMR vaccine had any correlation with causing Autism in children is possible. And she said “I don’t think the answer is yet there. I mean, there’s still people who believe it.” She also said that the science community doesn’t quite have an answer for that yet. This caused many in the science community to quickly criticize her remarks. Especially when they mentioned that there is plenty of research from the CDC and the National Institutes of Health that dispute her claims.
This mentions many myths that have been debunked against vaccines. The myth that is first and foremost being that vaccines cause autism. This of course is mainly due to a study from 1997 that was released by Dr. Wakefield. His study was published in The Lancet, which is an esteemed medical journal. He stated that measles, MMR vaccines, and mumps lead to an increased number of Autistic British children. Of course his study ended up being discredited, he lost his medical license and the paper was ultimately retracted.
This article talks about how people believe that the MMR vaccine can cause Autism in children. It mentions how this is widely believed by anti vaxxers because the age that children are given this vaccine is around the same age in which autism begins to show signs in children. It also mentions the very same published paper by Dr. Westfield. However it does mention that the report was fraudulent, and withdrawn from the paper. And that there have been many significant studies that have shown no relationship between Autism and the MMR vaccine.
This article released by the CDC states that there is no correlation between vaccines and autism. It mentions how some people are concerned that Autism spectrum disorder or ASD may be linked to vaccines, but that many different studies show that this is not true. Apart from rare exceptions vaccines are safe from causing ASD. In fact a study by the CDC in 2013 showed that the number of antigens that come from vaccines was the same between children who do not have ASD and those that do. It also mentions that the ingredients in vaccines specifically thimerosal do not cause ASD.
This states that the former Institute of Medicine now known as the National Academy of Medicine has declared that there is no connection between vaccines and autism. It talks about a Dr. Andrew Wakefield who published a case study in a medical journal where he made a leap and claimed that the MMR vaccine can cause Autism. However it goes on to say that in 2010 Dr. Wakefield lost his medical license, and the medical journal retracted his study. It mentions how even after the medical journal and the scientific community rectified untrue Wakefield’s findings the damage had been done and many parents still had some concerns.
This talks about how there is a correlation between immunizations and when children are diagnosed with Autism. Although they make sure to state that the reason for this is more than likely due to the fact that Autism is diagnosed at an early age in childhood, which is usually when vaccines are given. Not that the vaccines themselves are the cause of Autism. It also mentions that there is plenty of research that shows that vaccinating is safe and needed for a healthy baby. They do remark that ultimately the decision of whether or not to vaccinate is up to each family, although they do recommend that people vaccinate their children.