The study was conducted on over 600,000 children. This has been so far the largest study on the heated, ongoing debate between vaccinations and autism.
The debate on the relationship between vaccines and autism has been going on for a very long time. There have been multiple studies supporting both arguments. Recently, the largest ever study into the matter took place, concluding that the two had no relation to each other whatsoever. The study suggests that no link exists between the two even in children who are genetically at a higher risk of developing the disorder. In fact, researchers found out that unvaccinated children were more prone to developing the disorder as compared to those who received vaccines. While the fight against the anti-vaccine movement is still at large, this study helps tackle at least one of the myths that existed earlier. It is important for people to get their children vaccinated. It is not simply a business run to drain people of their money in the name of health. Studies have proven that they actually help prevent people from being prone to deadly diseases.
This isn't the first time that the myth has been debunked. It had been debunked several times in the past few decades. In 1998, discredited anti-vaccine doctor Andrew Wakefield published a study based on 12 children that linked the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine to autism. However, the results were never replicated. When the research was looked into further it was found that he falsified the data. Wakefield lost his medical license for doing so. Another study in 2017 linked aluminum in vaccines to autism. This one was withdrawn after scientists noticed that the images used had been manipulated.
A major new study confirms the MMR vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella has no link to autism. Researchers from Denmark followed the medical histories of 650,000+ children over 10 years and found the vaccine does not trigger or increase the risk of autism. pic.twitter.com/edoCiYj0wM— AJ+ (@ajplus) March 5, 2019
In the research that took place in 2017, one of the co-authors claimed that figures in the paper were deliberately altered before publishing them. Nevertheless, the myth persists and has been spreading on the internet, resulting in lesser people getting their children vaccinated. People have faced backlash for taking such a stance. It is to be noted that after vaccinations were abandoned by many people, measles cases doubled in the past year. Some teenagers who don't believe in the anti-vaccine movement that their parents rally behind get their vaccinations in secret or wait till they reach adult to make decisions about their health.
The idea that vaccines might cause autism was refuted in 2010, when a British medical panel concluded that Andrew Wakefield, the doctor with undisclosed financial interests in making such claims, had acted with “callous disregard” in his research. https://t.co/pMklLbFPKY— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) March 5, 2019
The latest study to conclude there is no link between the MMR vaccine and autism looked at 657,461 children born in Denmark between 1999 and 2010, including 6,517 children who were diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The study, published in Annals of Internal Medicine, found that children who had siblings suffering from autism were seven times more likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder(ASD). The study revealed that the chances for these children were even higher as compared to those who were born into a family with a history of the disorder.
According to the study, boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with ASD than girls are. However, even in groups that are more at risk of developing the disorder, there was no link between vaccines and autism to be found. The study was conducted by a team of Dutch researchers. The team found that 5 percent of children in the study who had no vaccinations were 17 percent more likely to be diagnosed with autism than those who had received vaccinations.
"The study strongly supports that MMR vaccination does not increase the risk for autism, does not trigger autism in susceptible children, and is not associated with clustering of autism cases after vaccination," the authors from the Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen conclude in their paper.
There is already a large body of evidence that proves there is no link between the two. The study further adds to this evidence. In fact, the study has been considered more than most studies done before since it was the largest one of its kind. “Parents should not skip the vaccine out of fear for autism,” lead study author Dr. Anders Hviid told Reuters. “The dangers of not vaccinating includes a resurgence in measles which we are seeing signs of today in the form of outbreaks." Measles is a highly contagious virus and can be very fatal. It starts simple with a slight fever which lasts a couple of days but it only gets worse.
The fever is then accompanied by coughing, a runny nose, and a pink eye. A rash develops on the face and neck and then spreads to the rest of the body. In severe cases, pneumonia and encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain, can develop. The virus can be spread from person to person several days before and after the rash appears. The virus can live for up to two hours on surfaces where an infected person coughs or sneezes. The infection can be spread by even breathing in droplets or touching a contaminated surface followed by touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Just a five percent reduction in vaccination coverage can triple measles cases in the community, researchers note.
Hence, there is no connection between vaccination and autism. People should not be scared to get their children or themselves vaccinated. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
Scientists: There’s a new study we’d like you to see. It may help you make informed, rational decisions.— Floyd Muthafuckin Henderson (@ctwan) March 5, 2019
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how and why was the connection between vaccines and autism even made. vaccines have ingredients that are safe and in some cases part of the diseas— Swiss_Waffle (@swiss_waffle) March 5, 2019
As a psych major, I’m happy a longitudinal study was used for this because of how many people, namely celebrities, have tried to make this link between vaccines and autism. And that is one large sample size. Holy— Brittany🌺 (@fenty_kordei) March 5, 2019