THERE is no link at all between having the MMR vaccine and autism – even in children who have other risk factors for the condition, scientists have confirmed.
That’s the conclusion of a nationwide study of all children born in Denmark to Danish-born mums between 1999 and 2010.
Alamy There’s no evidence to suggest that MMR vaccines cause autism
In contrast to past scaremongering, scientists say that there is no evidence to suggest that the mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) vaccine poses any risk.
The link between the jab and autism has continued to be a concern among parents, which is why some still refuse to have their kids immunised.
As a result, more and more children are going down with measles in Europe and the US.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that anti-vax movements are one of the top ten threats to global health at the moment.
Reluctance to immunise kids is one of the biggest threats to health today
Scientists from the Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, Denmark, followed 657,461 children for a decade to see whether the MMR vaccine increased the risk of autism in children.
Of all of those kids, 6,517 were diagnosed with autism.
Comparing MMR-vaccinated with MMR-unvaccinated children, the researchers found that there was no increased risk for autism, even in those kids who had a sibling with the condition, autism risk factors or other childhood vaccinations.
According to the experts, this latest research just adds to previous studies confirming the same thing.
Cases of measles have doubled in the past year
While the jab won’t make your child autistic, not having the jab could put them at massive risk from potentially life-threatening illnesses.
WHO has said that measles cases have jumped up by 50 per cent in the last year.
It’s a highly infectious viral illness that can sometimes lead to very serious complications.
It can cause things like pneumonia and encephalitis – both of which can kill or leave people seriously disabled for the rest of their lives.
The MMR vaccine is your best protection against getting the disease.
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It’s given in two doses as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme.
The first jab is given to kids at around 13 months old, while a second dose is administered at around three years, four months.
You can be vaccinated as an adult if you didn’t have it as a kid – all you have to do is ask your GP for a jab.
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