A new study of more than half a million children has found no link between the measles, mumps and rubella vaccination and autism. The Danish study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine journal today, looked at all children born in the country between 1999 and 2010. The children were followed through to the end of August 2013. It found the MMR vaccine did not increase the risk of autism, even in children with other autism risk factors or in children whose siblings had autism. There was also no clustering of autism cases following vaccination. Researchers from Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen found that of the 657,461 children included in the study, only 6517 were diagnosed with autism. Of the children followed, 95 per cent received the first vaccination, which is offered at 15 months, but there was no difference in the number of vaccinated children with the disorder compared to the number of unvaccinated children. Claims of a link between the MMR vaccine and autism continued to cause concern among the medical community and challenge vaccine uptake. There has been an increase in measles cases in Europe and the United States and the World Health Organisation has declared vaccine… Read full this story
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