Health & Spirit

Again: Vaccines Don't Cause Autism

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Another major study, this one involving more than 650,000 Danish children, has found no link between autism and the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella. Multiple past studies have also proven no association, and public health experts consider the matter settled science.

The latest study followed children for more than a decade, beginning at age 1. There was no increase in the rate of autism among MMR-vaccinated children compared to those unvaccinated.

Meanwhile, measles outbreaks continue to plague parts of the United States, spurred by decreased rates of vaccination that are, in part, fueled by unfounded fears of autism.

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