MMR Vaccine and Autism:
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) recently released statements supporting the continued use of the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine. The vaccine had come under scrutiny when a researcher had claimed there was an association between the MMR vaccine and the development of autism and Crohn’s disease, based on the results of his study. However, “no other scientists have been able to reproduce these results, and the study itself did not meet the criteria required to prove the vaccine is the cause,” the WHO organization stated. “There has been no new scientific evidence that would suggest impaired safety of MMR. On the contrary, all results from vaccine trials published reaffirm the high safety and efficacy of MMR vaccine.”
The AAP stated, “there is a considerable body of evidence that does not support a relationship between the MMR vaccine and autism or inflammatory bowel disease”.
Both the AAP and WHO continue to fully endorse the MMR vaccine, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Family Physicians. For more complete information, please visit the WHO and the AAP websites.
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