Vaccinations have been on every parent’s mind lately due to the suggestion that vaccines, particularly the MMR vaccine, could increase the risk of autism in children. However, a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows no association between the MMR vaccine (measles-mumps-rubella) and autism.
Researchers examined data on more than 95,000 kids to see if those with siblings that had an autistic spectrum disorder (and therefore were at a higher risk to also have a ASD), would develop autism after having the MMR vaccine. The study found that children who received the shot and had siblings who had a ASD were no more likely to have autism than those who got the shot and didn’t have autistic siblings.
“Our study confirmed that in kids with older siblings who we know are at increased risk of developing autism themselves, those kids are being vaccinated less,” study leader Dr. Anjali Jain of the Lewin Group said. “But in the kids who did develop autism who were vaccinated, there was no increased risk from the vaccine compared to kids who did not get the vaccine.”
So what does all of this mean? Get your children vaccinated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, measles can cause major health complications like pneumonia, encephalitis or even death. In fact, the CDC states that 1 or 2 people out of 1,000 will die from the measles.
Learn more about the study here.