While the globe recognizes World Immunization week this week, data has shown that there is no link between receiving the vaccine for measles and risk of autism, a new study suggests.
Further evidence has been found showing there is no harmful connection between children who have had the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR) and autism, according to a study by researchers in the U.S. and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
For the study, researchers looked at data involving 96,000 children. They found that rates of autism in these children were no higher in children who received the MMR vaccine compared to children who were unvaccinated.
The researchers also looked specifically at the prevalence of autism in children who had an older sibling with the disorder (which could mean they are at a higher risk) and had the MMR vaccine and found the same outcome.
Immunization numbers have been fluctuating over the last decade, despite the vast number of previous research stating that there is no connection between the MMR vaccine and autism in children.
April 24 – 30 marks World Immunization Week bringing awareness to the1 in 5 children globally who miss out on routine life-saving immunizations that could save them from preventable diseases.