Link between MMR and autism dismissed

Largest study on MMR jab dismisses all links to autism

The largest study ever published on the MMR jab has dismissed claims that the vaccine could be linked to autism.

Fears that the two could have be linked were first raised by a study in 1998, which led to a huge drop in the uptake of the jab, as parents opted to not have their children vaccinated.

Since the initial study, all further research has discredited the link and now this latest conducted by London’s Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital, King’s College London, the University of Manchester and the Health Protection Agency has concluded that no trigger between the two exists.

The research looked at 240 children between the age of 10 and 12 and analysed blood samples for a response following the MMR injection that could trigger autism. If there were a link, then an increased number of measles antibodies were to be expected in autistic children.

Three groups were monitored, one with autism, one without and a group with special needs. There were no differences in the response between all three groups.

Dr David Brown of the research team commented, ‘The study found no evidence linking MMR to autistic spectrum disorder and the paper adds to the overwhelming body of evidence from around the world supporting the use of MMR.’

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