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do vaccinations increase of child's risk of developing add or adhd?

16 doctor answers65 doctors weighed in
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
No: Their is no solid data to indicate anything about a link between vaccinations and adhd/add.
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 19 years experience
No: Several studies have examined this and found no association between add/adhd and vaccinations. Even those studies looking specifically at thimerosal, a mercury based preservative that has received a lot of scrutiny, failed to find any risk. Furthermore, since thimerosal has been removed from vaccines, the rate of add/adhd has not declined. So, there appears to be no link.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No: No, vaccines have not been found to increase add or adhd.
Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics 32 years experience
No: No, there is no known association between vaccines and adhd.
Dr. Evelyn Hurvitz
Pediatrics 37 years experience
No: Vaccinations are given to benefit your child and prevent potentially deadly infections. They absolutely do not cause add or adhd.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics 25 years experience
No: Vaccines don't increase your risks of adhd, autism, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsey, irritable bowel, chrons disease or any other chronic illness. Vaccines do prevent deadly illnesses like measles, polio, tetanus and invasive haemophilus influenza.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No: There is no evidence whatsoever that vaccines increase the risk of add or adhd. In fact, a study some years ago in england demonstrated a lower incidence of add/adhd in vaccinated children than unvaccinated children. Food for thought!
Dr. Jeffrey Min
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: No, there is no medical evidence or research showing any increased risk of developing add/adhd after vaccinations. Vaccinations are very safe and you should be reassured that it won't increase your child's risk for adhd.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics 25 years experience
No: Vaccines don't cause adhd, autism, multiple sclerosis or any other brain damage. The diseases measles, pneumoccal meningitis, Meningococcal and hib can cause brain damage that can impair learning and attention. All of these diseases are vaccine preventable.
Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Absolutely Not: Vaccines are very safe and you must remember that some of the diseases they prevent can cause brain damage. Therefore, they may almost be thought of as being protective against neurological issues.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
An Interesting Study: ...Published in great britain demostrated that immunized children had less adhd! hmmm!
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 39 years experience
No, but TV probably: Vaccinations don't seem to make a difference but the amount of tv time a kid has can certainly be an influence, and also the amount of time the child was read to as an infant can make a difference.
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Nah TV doesn't cause ADHD either-- association is not the same thing as causation. Also hard to sort out chicken and egg on this...
May 9, 2012
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
As everyone says:No.: The study suggesting a link between vaccinations & autism has been discredited. No proof of add. The primary link between childhood vaccinations and health is that they reduce disease and reduce death in children. How many children do you know who have suffered or died from diphtheria? My grandmother could list half a dozen off the top of her head from her childhood, which predated vaccinations.
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Not only has the study "linking" autism and vaccinations been discredited, the researcher who did the study publicly admitted last year that heLIED and faked the "data"
Mar 30, 2012
Dr. Cheryl Coldwater
Pediatrics 38 years experience
No.: There is no association between vaccines and adhd. Vaccinations save millions of children from serious disease.
Dr. Mohammad Homsi
Neurology 33 years experience
Absolutelly not, there is no connection between vaccination and ADHD.
Mar 17, 2012
Dr. Andres R Villar
Pediatrics 40 years experience
ADHD&SHOTS: Nope , ilie, nei.Nahinni hea. Bu shi., nie., nej, mai, yo, ni, cha.Nyet.Siei, ugui, nullus, nem, nee and finally nooooooooooo!
Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics 32 years experience
NO: There is no evidence to link adhd to vaccines. Most evidence shows that adhd is largely genetic.

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