10-Year Study Confirms There Is No Link between Measles Vaccine and Autism

The recurring link between autism and the measles vaccine has been a very sensitive topic for most parents who struggle with the decision of giving their children the vaccine or risk autism. A decade long study has proved that there is no risk of autism from the measles vaccine.

A group of Danish researchers has been doing an analytic study; evaluating the risk of autism in children, subgroups of children or in the time following the vaccine.

Scientists | Photo: Getty Images

Scientists | Photo: Getty Images

The researchers collected the database of 657,471 children born between 1999 and December 31, 2010. After the birth of these children, their development was followed, taking into consideration the children who were vaccinated and those who were not given the MMR vaccine.

The experiment made use of the database of the country (Denmark). The data collected related to the population, information on autism diagnoses, history of autism among siblings, measles, other childhood vaccines and the factors which may subsequently lead to autism in children.

Sick Child | Photo: Getty Images

Sick Child | Photo: Getty Images

This information was used to calculate the possibility of MMR vaccine relating to autism in children; using their ages, sex, family history, time of birth.T hey were able to decipher that 6,517 children had autism- this is a ratio of 129.7 children in a 100,000 per year that were affected by autism, and it had no link to whether they were vaccinated or not.

The research proved that children who have been vaccinated are not exposed to autism, simply put; there is no increased risk of autism in vaccinated children. The Danish researchers at the end of their survey concluded that measles vaccine had no link to autism and brought to light more evidence proving that the measles vaccine is safe for children.

Child with Measles | Photo: Getty Images

Child with Measles | Photo: Getty Images

The researchers also discovered that children susceptible to the disease, also including those who have family autism, were not likely to get the disease even after receiving the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.

The general theory that the MMR vaccine causes autism, originated from an experiment of just 12 people conducted by a doctor who released falsified data. The 1998 study quickly generated a strong presence, and it eventually led to an anti-vaccine campaign. The campaign has led to several measles outbreaks in various locations over the years.

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Scientists | Photo: Getty Images

Ander Hviid voiced his concern that the idea that vaccine causes autism is still around despite their original and well-conducted studies. He claims that many misinformed politicians have led to the misguided beliefs of parents in the United States.

Recently the governor of Washington, Jay Inslee had to declare a state of emergency due to the sudden outbreak of measles. The declaration led to a mother slamming a lawsuit in the faces of the anti-vaccine campaign.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee | Photo: Getty Images

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee | Photo: Getty Images

The mother of a five-year-old leukemia patient lamented on the outbreak which has led to her quarantine her son for a month.  Jessica Finchel told KATU News that she fears her son catching the disease so much that Kai, her son has had to miss school for a month and they can't visit public places with him.

This is as a result of the young boy's chemotherapy treatment which has affected his immunity, and he cannot receive the MMR vaccine. His body cells are too weak to fight the disease or any bacterial infection; the reason is that her son’s form of cancer affects the bone marrow, it creates too many white blood cells known as lymphocytes, these white blood cells make it hard to fight bacteria.

Mother and Son | Photo: Getty Images

Mother and Son | Photo: Getty Images

This is coming in the wake of the outbreak in the state, Washington as recorded 71 cases of measles and all are unvaccinated children.

In her comment on social media, the mother wrote:

“angry at the ignorant and selfish folks who don't or shall I say WON’T vaccinate...your negligence could put lives at risk”,

she also pleaded with other parents who have not vaccinated their children to do so. 

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