In a new study that can be found in JAMA Pediatrics, they’ve found that children with autism spectrum disorder are statistically less likely to be fully vaccinated than children not on the spectrum.
They’ve found that 80% of children with autism are fully vaccinated with the recommended vaccines for children 4-6 years old (which includes the MMR vaccine), compared to 94% of children without autism.
This most likely comes from parents’ fears of the association of autism and vaccines.
However, there are decade long studies that show there is no connection between autism and vaccines.
The research claiming the link between the two can not be reproduced. It has since been thrown out by the scientific community due to fabrication by the researchers involved.
Vaccinating your child will not cause your child to develop autism, but will instead leave him or her vulnerable to vaccine preventable diseases.
Preservatives are used in vaccines to prevent or kill any growth of bacteria, fungi, or other microorganisms that might have contaminated the vaccine vial. Microorganisms are able to get into the vials that are punctured more than once with a needle. Multiple punctures only occur in vaccine vials that are labeled as multi-dose vials and are intended to be used with different needles more than one time.
Due to tragic events in vaccine history, such as the infection of children with deadly bacteria after injection with multi-dose vaccines, the United States Code of Federal Regulations (the CFR) required preservatives be added to multi-dose vials of vaccines. Because of many incidences of infections due to vaccinations, preservatives have been required in multi-dose vaccines since the 1930’s.
Since then, thimerosal has been the most widely used preservative in multi-dose vaccines. It has a long record of safety and has been proven effective at preventing bacterial and fungal contamination of vaccines. However, over the past several years, thimerosal has become a target for controversy due to its mercury concentration and concern for safety.
The measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine is safe. The end. Phew, that was easy!
Of course I’m only kidding. That’s definitely not the end, not even close. There’s so much information out there about the MMR vaccine—good and bad, informative, and plenty of opinions—that it’s hard to know what to believe. I’m not going to give you my opinion on the vaccine (although I’m sure you could guess), that’s for another post. These are the facts.