In our world today, we constantly hear different thoughts and opinions. Sometimes the people with the loudest voices are the ones we hear the most, whether or not what they have to say is true. It can make us questions our choices and make us doubt ourselves.
Back in the late 1990s, one study was published showing a connection between the MMR vaccine and autism or the autistic spectrum disorder. Later, this study was found to be seriously flawed and SEVERAL studies since then have disproved the initial findings.
But, the thought that a choice you make for your child could cause them life long harm is terrifying! Fear is a powerful emotion, but knowledge is even more powerful!
Let’s look at the facts. Here are a just a few studies that have looked at the connection between the MMR vaccine and autism. Would you rather trust one study that looked at about 100 children, or lots of studies that looked at over a million children??
2015 Autism Occurrence by MMR Vaccine Status Among US Children with Older Siblings with and Without Autism: This study focused on a group of children who had older siblings, some with autism and some without. They wanted to calculate the risk that a younger sibling would have autism based on their older sibling. Then they wanted to find out if getting the MMR vaccine increased that risk. The authors found no association between MMR vaccination and increased autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) risk.
2014 Vaccines Are not Associated with Autism: Authors of this article reviewed 10 different, involving over 1.25 million children. They found no evidence of a link between receiving a vaccine and the risk of developing autism or autistic spectrum disorder (ASD).
2011 Adverse Effects of Vaccines Evidence and Causality: The Institute of Medicine studied the relationship between 8 different vaccines and adverse events. They found evidence to reject a causal relationship between MMR vaccine and autism, MMR vaccine and type I diabetes. That means, that they were able to say MMR vaccine does not cause autism or type I diabetes.
Want to check out some more studies? HealthyChildren.org (resource page for the American Academy of Pediatrics) has a long list for you to see.