Hmmm: Danish study shows vaccinated children less likely to develop autism

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The measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine does not increase the risk of autism and does not trigger autism in children who are at risk, according to a new study of over 650,000 children.

"The idea that vaccines cause autism is still around despite our original and other well-conducted studies", Anders Hviid, the study's first author and an epidemiologist at the Staten Serum Institute in Copenhagen, told NPR.

The study is yet another piece of evidence to debunk claims by anti-vaxxers that vaccinations are unsafe and can leave children with life-long challenges.

The new study was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Over the a year ago, there has been a 30 percent increase in measles cases worldwide and deadly outbreaks in areas with large amounts of unvaccinated children.

Some parents believe there is a link between childhood vaccinations, specifically MMR, and they have refused to vaccinate their kids.

"Because children have been withheld from vaccination, the disease has recurred", Schaffner says.

"The authors also investigated whether subgroups of children, who already had an increased likelihood of developing autism because of the presence of certain risk factors, might be particularly susceptible to the vaccine" she said.

In 2000, measles was declared eradicated from the U.S.

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Measles can be avoided through vaccination, and 90 percent of Danish kids are every year, but in other nations fewer people are being vaccinated and the trajectory is on a downward spiral.

Measles is an acute respiratory virus characterized by a fever as high as 105 F, cough, rash, conjunctivitis, and fatigue.

Measles is both highly contagious and comes with serious complications, including pneumonia, inflammation of the brain, also known as encephalitis, and seizures.

A total of 657,461 children born between 1999 and 2010 took part in the study, and were monitored from the age of 1 until August 2013.

The illness can cause severe illness in infants, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems. And, the results showed that there was no clustering of autism cases following vaccination.

"However, the anti-vaccine movement is not influenced by facts, by science or by logic, so I fear that another study demonstrating the safety of MMR vaccination will not sway those whose allegiance is not to reality, but to irrational arbitrary beliefs". During this time, 6,517 kids were diagnosed with autism.

CDC data shows that in 2017 91.1 percent of infants aged 19 to 35 months had received their one plus doses of the MMR vaccine.

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