Daniel Halliday
Jul 9 · Last update 2 mo. ago.

Should more be done to investigate a link between MMR vaccinations and Autism?

Public fears surrounding possible side effects caused by the vaccination of children seem to have been causing a reappearance of certain contagious diseases such as measles and mumps in the last two decades. The most common feared side effect is autism, but a range of other concerns and risks have also been hypothesised. Should more be done by the scientific community to investigate any possible link between vaccines and developmental disorders like Autism?
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No – the link has been debunked

In 1998 British doctor Andrew Wakefield published a fraudulent article in a prominent medical journal linking the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination to autism. Both mainstream and social media allowed this to become a popular modern myth and it fed conspiracy theories and subsequently led to a decrease in the number of parents allowing their children to be vaccinated. This caused outbreaks of measles and mumps in many countries across the world, and became endemic in certain regions, for example with measles in the UK in 2008. A growing amount of genetic evidence is increasingly pointing toward an inherent genetic cause for autism, and public confidence in vaccines has started to recover, while Andrew Wakefield’s article has been thoroughly disproved by the scientific community and he has been struck off the UK medical register.


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