Study Finds MMR Vaccine Doesn’t Cause Autism

In Uncategorized on September 5, 2008 at 12:34 pm


A study by Columbia University is the latest to find no link between autism and a common childhood vaccine, news that should reassure concerned parents, experts said Wednesday.

The research, which involved the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, concluded that the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine does not cause the neurological disorder that affects one in every 150 children in the nation.

“We are confident there’s no link between MMR and autism,” said Dr. W. Ian Lipkin, director of the Mailman School of Public Health Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University.

In New Jersey, which has the highest rate of autism in the nation one in every 94 children the study should help parents rule out concerns that the vaccine can cause the disorder, said Dr. Irwin Berkowitz, director of pediatrics at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood.

“There’s harm in not vaccinating and that’s the message that’s got to get across,” he said.

In fact, as of July, the CDC reported 131 cases of measles the highest number since 1996. Ninety-one percent of the cases occurred in people who were not immunized.

The study again rebuts the findings of research completed in 1998 that linked the vaccine to autism after the presence of the measles virus was detected in tissue from children diagnosed with autism and gastrointestinal (GI) disorders.

Experts on Wednesday said their research of 25 children with autism and a control group of 13 with normal neurological development found no link between the presence of the measles virus in tissue and autism.

Those in the study, most of whom were between ages 3 and 5, had GI disorders, which are common in autistic children. Biopsies of bowel tissue were examined for traces of the vaccine. Two biopsy samples with the measles virus were found: one from an autistic child and one from the control group, experts said.

“We found no relationship between the timing of the MMR vaccine and the onset of either GI complaints or autism,” said Dr. Mady Hornig, associate professor of epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health.

More than 20 studies have reported no relationship between MMR vaccine and autism, Lipkin said.

Lipkin stressed that the study did not address any other vaccine or potential causes, including mercury or underlying disorders.

Some parents blame vaccines and a mercury-based preservative, thimerosal, for causing autism or other developmental disabilities. It was once commonly used to prevent bacterial contamination but, since 2001, has been used only in certain flu shots.


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  1. Wonder why parents do not always believe the medical establishment?
    Too many fatal past mistakes, such as the infamous DES given to pregnant mothers. Sure there’s more.

  2. Just wait 5 more years and they will completely change their opinion and find they it does indeed cause autism. It is absolutely nuts how they go back and forth between things being good for you vs. bad for you.

  3. There is definitely a correlation between autism and the childhood vaccines that used to contain mercury. The CDC will continue to deny this because the lawsuits would be overwhelming if they admitted it was true.

  4. SIDS is caused by an allergic reaction to vaccination. Do not vaccinate your infant child.

  5. I feel bad for doctors and patients these days – doctors have to adhere by what the NIH , american medical association, american academy of pediatrics, etc tell them to do or risk losing their insurance. Patients suffer because doctors only treat patients to the extent that it does not expose them to any risk.

    It’s a lose lose situation.

    The food and drug administration, another government agency who is suppose to be looking out for the american people – is a joke. The FDA is another broken agency.

  6. I have a sneaking suspicion that most or all of the comments made so far came from the same IP address.

  7. Over the last 10 years there have been numerous studies conducted in both the EU and the US that attempts to debunk the link between autism and the MMR vaccine. There have been major differences of opinion in these studies with some finding a “link” (credible/non-credible) and others finding no link. The fact that there have been numerous studies conducted on the safety aspect of this vaccine in such a short period of time, shows that there are major concerns amongst the international (primarily western) medical bodies pertaining to the safety of the MMR vaccine.

    Not only are the physicians and other medical staffers, who are pushed to recommend this vaccine to moms and dads, caught between a rock and a hard place, but the resulting uncertainties surrounding the safety concerns of the MMR vaccine can have a detrimental effect on the lives of children who may contract autism if administered a vaccine that may not be safe.

    The developers of the MMR vaccine have paid major lobbying firms, both in Washington and in Brussels to influence the medical authorities of both the US and the EU to ensure that the MMR vaccine is used as a first line of defense against the three diseases for which it is prescribed.

    Nobody has conducted any investigations into the use of this same vaccine on children in the developing world. The results have been catastrophic with large numbers of children in both Africa and Asia being diagnosed with autism, having been given the MMR vaccine – under a different name. The companies, both the developers of the branded vaccine and the generic have made millions of dollars from this questionable vaccine and those that have paid, and continue to pay the price are the innocent children that will never reach life’s full potential.

  8. 6:38 PM

    Death is caused by measles. Get you child vacinated.

  9. My parents are 65 years old and they have never been vaccinated, and all of my aunts and uncles were not vaccinated. As well as my grandparents, great grandparents and great great grandparent and so on. My mother had 6 brothers and sisters and my dad had seven. They did not have vaccines when they were young. Guess what none of them have died from measel’s , mumps or rubella – or chickenpox, or Hepatitis or flu, etc. I don’t know anyone who has died from those illnesses – amazing don’t you think.

  10. I still think more research needs to be done on the topic. I’m not completely convinced that vaccines cause autism, but I do think it’s very possible that something in the vaccines triggers the onset of autism in someone genetically predisposed to the condition. There’s a really great debate about the possible connection between vaccines and autism at http://www.opposingviews.com/questions/are-autism-and-vaccines-linked. Experts from both sides make some excellent points and rebuttals to the other side’s arguments…intriguing read on the subject!

  11. 3:53 –

    My parents, all of my aunts and uncles, as well as my grandparents, great grandparents and great great grandparent and so on, my mother’s 6 brothers and sisters and my dad’s seven, walked across a highway, hitch-hiked with strangers, drove over 100 mph in the rain on a motorcycle without a helmet, ate a bug, picked a fight with a street gang, spit into the wind, jumped off the roof, walked naked through Central Park at night,ran with scissors and more and survived.

    Lucky doesn’t = smart.

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