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MMR safety confirmed by Autism study

Last post 25/09/2009 08:36 by frog67. 1 replies.
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  • MMR safety confirmed by Autism study
    24/09/2009 23:18

    MMR safety confirmed by autism study

    A study by the NHS Information Centre has shown that the incidence of autism in adults is the same as that in children. This finding is far more significant than it would first seem as it provides further evidence that the MMR (combined Measles Mumps and Rubella) vaccine is safe and does not increase the risk of autism.

    A now discredited report published in 1998 suggested that the MMR jab was responsible for causing a number of cases of autism in children. Widespread publicity at the time was responsible for a significant drop in the take-up of the vaccine. Despite having been shown to be incorrect and very many studies since then having shown that there is no link, the percentage of children being vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella has still not recovered to pre-1998 levels. The lower levels of vaccinations has been blamed for the rise in measles cases in recent years.

    Based on studies of 7,500 adults, this is the first major study of the prevalence of autism in adults. It found that one in 100 adults in England suffered from the condition - exactly the same rate as in children. If the MMR vaccine, which has been available in England since the early 1990's, did cause autism, the incidence in children would have been higher than in the adult population that were vaccinated before the advent of the MMR vaccine.

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  • Re: MMR safety confirmed by Autism study
    25/09/2009 08:36
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    You have to feel sorry for any parents whose child is affected by autism, but I really hope that this latest research helps convince more parents to make sure that their kids get the recommended MMR jab.

    The increasing cases of measles because of the lower takeup of MMR is really distressing.

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