According to a major new study, there is no connection between childhood vaccinations and the development of Autism. The first systematic international review, conducted by the University of Sydney, involved more than 1.25 million children.
The study focused on over 1.25 million children for five cohort studies, with another 9920 for five case-controlled studies. Results from both showed there was no statistical data to showcase any link between Autism disorders and common childhood vaccinations, such as ones used for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough.
The theory that vaccinations can contribute to Autism has been one of the most controversial in recent years, with anti-vaccination groups focusing on telling parents to avoid having their children receive the common vaccinations that have been used for many years. Guy Eslick, associate professor of the University of Sydney states, “’A rising awareness of Autism cases and the claimed but not proven link to childhood vaccinations has led to both an increased distrust in the trade between vaccine benefit outweighing potential risks and an opportunity for disease resurgence”.
This study was necessary in order to reassure parents that these vaccinations will not lead to development of Autism disorders. Due to the great amount of fear and concern regarding vaccinations in recent years, vaccine-preventable diseases rapidly increased in many countries, including the United States. Eslick states that this is particularly concerning, given the fact that there were eleven measles outbreaks in the United States since 2000.
The recent study by the University of Sydney was the first to do a quantitative data analysis of any relationship between childhood vaccinations and Autism disorders. Researchers found no statistical evidence among the medical records of over a million children to support any relationship between the two. Although the research denies any link between vaccinations and Autism disorders, skeptics may still maintain the fact that there is a relationship. Eslick states, “This study will be a cold comfort for parents, but I don’t think it will change their minds. You will probably never be able to change their minds.”
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