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Are children who get the mmr vaccine at higher risk for autism?

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No: The study that seemed to suggest otherwise turned out to be a fake.

Answered 2/24/2018

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No: The original studies that showed an association between MMR and autism have been discredited and many more studies have shown no association.

Answered 10/5/2014

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No: This is a common misconception. The issue has been studied numerous times and no link has been found between MMR (or any vaccine) and autism. Unfortunately, the web is a greater source of misinformation than information. Please discuss with your pediatrician before putting your child, and others, at risk by delaying or avoiding vaccination.

Answered 9/28/2016

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No: Many reliable studies have shown no connection between autism and the MMR vaccine. Earlier work suggesting a connection was bad science and has been discredited.

Answered 9/28/2016

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No: Although there was a lot of information floating around the web about a link between the MMR vaccine and autism, there are no credible studies to establish such a link. The lead author of the study that established such links has been widely discredited for manipulating the evidence and data in his research.

Answered 9/28/2016

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No: No, the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine does not increase nor decrease a child's risk of autism. However, the disease called measles is a highly contagious viral infection that can cause brain damage, so it is best to get the MMR vaccine and avoid catching measles.

Answered 10/3/2016

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No: This has not been proven.The rate of autism has been rising steadily over the past 30 years. This has been the pattern even before the MMR vaccine was introduced. Many children are diagnosed after their first birthday (when the vaccine is given) because they don't meet specific milestones.

Answered 5/9/2016

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Dr. Jay Park answered

No: This is really a tragedy that a few of malicious pseudoscientists misled many innocent individuals to believe as if MMR vaccine has caused autism. The original article contending the link between MMR vaccine and autism was officially removed and discredited. A number of well controlled studies disapproved the theory as well. Autism is a disorder with heavy genetic influence.

Answered 2/22/2019

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No: No, but children who don't get MMR are at risk for measles, mumps, & rubella. Parents in my practice attended the funeral of a 2 year-old boy who died from measles. By contrast, of ~1700 teens affected by last summer's mumps outbreak in ny, none appear to have been left sterile or infertile--protected because their parents gave them the mmr. My friends, the decision--and responsibity--is ours.

Answered 5/1/2016

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Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

No: A manipulated, false study has created a regrettable phobia toward the vaccine. We need to look at many toxins in our environment that we freely consume and give to our children as possible culprits for autism.

Answered 9/28/2016

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No: Absolutely not! there is not 1 shred of evidence anywhere that supports the notion that the MMR somehow triggers or causes autism there are mountains of research rejecting that thought. The sad result of misinformation disseminated through various media by truly uninformed folks has led to reemergence of these diseases with some cases of serious complications. Let put this to bed once and for all.

Answered 5/1/2016

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Dr. John Leander Po answered

Specializes in Infectious Disease

Fraudulent link: Several studies have disproven the link, which was originally published in 1998 by dr. Andrew wakefield. An investigation by the british medical journal (bmj) concluded that dr.Wakefield faked data and created an elaborate fraud, causing long-lasting damage to public health. In fact, the original study was eventually retracted in 2010, and dr, wakefield lost his license.

Answered 11/3/2014

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May trigger abn rxn: Some immunologically vulnerable kids have had negative reactions form the multiple vaccine. Kids that are ill or who have personal or strong family hx of auto immune DX may really benefit from vit a and vit c to support their immune system w/ vaccine.

Answered 6/10/2014

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No evidence: There have been many studies that have shown no relationship between MMR and autism.

Answered 6/10/2014

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Dr. Alan Koenigsberg answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

No.: Within the general medical community, there is no controversy about vaccines and autism. Based on the research, there is no correlation, and the vaccines are safe. We are doing our best to encourage parents to have their children get the appropriate vaccinations. Science is a continuing learning process--if more information comes along, rest assured we will let everyone know.

Answered 9/30/2013

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