The autism and vaccines link is a misunderstood relationship. Parents have anecdotal accounts that the symptoms of autism did not present themselves or were not noticed until after the immunizations. Sadly, a fraudulent study, the Lancet study, confirmed a causal link for the measles vaccine and autism, but it counted children who had no form of autism and children who had preexisting conditions as children whose immunizations caused their disabilities.
The choice of not vaccinating a child for measles has had unintentional consequences. It puts unvaccinated newborns at risk if they come in contact with a person who carries the measles virus. Measles has the potential to kill or leave permanent disability.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that scientific studies in the United States, United Kingdom and Denmark found no link between the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR) and autism. In fact, the CDC estimates that vaccinations prevented 21 million hospitalizations and 732,000 deaths of the children born the last 20 years. Currently outbreaks of measles in the United States have increased, possibly for not vaccinating children for fear of doing harm.
The National Institutes for Health suggest that you talk with your own health care provider about the immunization of your child. Read the scientific literature from credible research centers and make an informed decision.
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