We take a look at the study that has found no link between measles vaccine & autism & find out what it’s all about
New research, which claims to be the largest study ever conducted, has found that there is no link between the MMR vaccine and autism…
On Monday the 4th of March 2019, a study that claims to be the largest or one of the largest studies to date, found some fresh new evidence that suggests that the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine does not have a link to autism. The study was published in the Annals Of Internal Medicine.
The link between this vaccine that so many children across the globe are given at a young age and autism is something that doctors, parents and scientific experts have debated over for years. A number of people believe that the vaccine is responsible for causing autism.
Autism is a developmental condition that starts when a person is a child and it interferes with their ability to interact and communicate the same way that the average person does. No one is really sure what causes autism, but there are some risk factors at play. Years ago, research suggested that the vaccine may be a cause for autism in some children, or rather, increase their risk of developing the condition.
Although many believe there is a link between autism and the vaccine, not getting the vaccine is often not worth the risk of your child getting sick with measles later down the line.
You can see why this has become such a heated debate.
Tell me more about the study
The study was conducted by Danish by Danish researchers and it included more than 650 000 Danish children - which really is a lot of people!
The lead researcher, Anders Hviid concluded that there was no difference in the risk fo autism in the unvaccinated and vaccinated children. But Hviid says he is unsure as to whether this will make much of a difference among parents who are anti-vaccines.
The issue with not vaccinating your child is that not only are you putting him or her at risk of a serious condition like measles, but you are also creating a situation where there can be a measle outbreak if other parents were to follow suit - which is exactly what is happening in the US at the moment.
There have been 6 reported measle outbreaks in the States, with the largest one affected 68 people.
The link between the vaccine and autism has been discredited. This link dated back over 20 years where a study published in The Lancet claimed that some children had been diagnosed with autism with a month of receiving the vaccine.
A closer look at the research
After Hviid and his team “tracked 657 461 children born in Denmark between 1999 and 2010, following them from one-year-old through August 2013.”
During this period of time, only 6500 kids were diagnosed with autism.
The researchers found that there was no risk between the children who had the vaccine and those who did not.
The study also examined the subgroups of children who were seen as having a higher risk of developing autism in having a sibling with the condition or being born prematurely and they still did not find a link between the vaccine and autism.
So, what does this all mean?
More and more people are deciding against vaccinations, and this is a huge cause for concern. One study conducted in America found that if as little as a 5% reduction in the vaccination coverage is reached, then this could triple the number of measle cases in the States.
This means that the MMR vaccine is something that can help prevent your child from being at risk of measles (which is linked to a number of other health issues and is sometimes even fatal) and according to the above-mentioned studies, it is not linked to autism.
Of course, it also helps to put your mind at ease if you can afford to seek medical care when you need it, and having health insurance does that.
Yours in health,