A large study has again shown there's no possible link between the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism.
The false link between the MMR vaccine and autism continued to cause concern and challenge vaccine uptake.
They found no increased risk of developing autism after getting the MMR vaccine, no clustering of autism cases in children who were given the vaccine, and no increase in the rate of autism among susceptible children.
Researchers followed more than 657,000 children born from 1999 to December 2010.
The study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine on March 5, was funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation and the Danish Ministry of Health. Over the a year ago, there has been a 30 percent increase in measles cases worldwide and deadly outbreaks in areas with large amounts of unvaccinated children.
Yet, many parents still fear vaccinating their children against these preventable diseases, and it is creating big risks. The researchers documented a host of characteristics alongside diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder, including proven autism risk factors, like the "age of the parents, diagnosis of autism in a sibling, preterm birth and low weight at birth, "according to CNN".
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Measles is an acute respiratory virus characterized by a fever as high as 105 F, cough, rash, conjunctivitis, and fatigue.
Measels is a "highly contagious" disease that can prove to be fatal, and people who contract the measels can be contagious for several days before and after they show symptoms, making the disease easy to spread to others, particularly in places where people share close quarters, like airports and theme parks.
The illness can cause severe illness in infants, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems.
Effective vaccination coverage helped declared measles eliminated in the United States in 2000, and vaccination worldwide has resulted in an 84 percent decline in measles deaths in this century.
"Autism occurred just as frequently among the children who had been MMR-vaccinated as it did among the 31,619 children who had not been vaccinated".