Clearly clarified: vaccination did not lead to autism

Clearly clarified: vaccination did not lead to autism

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Autism is not triggered by vaccination

A long-term study from Denmark clearly shows that there is no connection between autism and vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR vaccination). Vaccine opponents have long claimed this connection to "argue" against vaccinations. The starting point was a fake study that was published in the late 1990s and then had to be withdrawn by the authors. With hundreds of thousands of children, current research has now clearly demonstrated that a link between autism and MMR vaccination can be excluded.

Comprehensive study

The Danish research team examined the data from over 650,000 children who were born in Denmark between 1999 and 2010. Those who were vaccinated did not have autism more often than the unvaccinated. The study results were published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

Autism risk rate not increased

During the follow-up period totaling five million person-years, 6517 children were diagnosed with autism (incidence rate 129.7 per 100,000 person-years), reports the research team. The comparison of children with MMR vaccination and non-vaccinated children showed that the risk of autism was basically the same. Furthermore, no increased risk of autism after MMR vaccination was observed in subgroups of children, which were formed, for example, based on autism risk factors (based on a risk assessment value for diseases), the researchers continued.

Clear study result

In the largest long-term study on the subject to date, the conclusion is clear: vaccinations have no influence on the risk of autism. The current study shows that “MMR vaccination does not increase the risk of autism, does not trigger autism in susceptible children, and is not related to clustering autism cases after vaccination,” according to the Danish research team. However, it remains to be doubted whether the opponents of vaccination can be convinced of this.

WHO warns of opponents of vaccination

The World Health Organization does not officially see the vaccination that saved the lives of millions of people, but the misinformation of the opponents of vaccination as one of the greatest threats to world health.

Vaccine opponents continue to spread misinformation

Despite all serious studies like the current one from Denmark, vaccine enemies claim that vaccinations can trigger autism. The starting point for these fairy tales is a false claim by the British Andrew Wakefield, who lost his license to practice medicine in the UK due to such fakes. Wakefield's study was withdrawn after Wakefield's unethical investigation methods were identified.

Vaccine enemies in the conspiracy craze

The vaccine enemy Stefan Lanka even doubts that there are viruses. He promised he would pay 100,000 euros to anyone who would prove the existence and size of measles viruses with scientific publications. A doctor sent him scientific evidence and wanted the money. Lanka refused, but a court ruled that the evidence was valid and that he had to pay.

What are the causes of autism?

Although scientists are not yet fully aware of the causes of autism, they have identified genetic disorders that play a role. Damage in pregnancy also seems to play a role, as well as environmental influences. Autism rates have also risen in countries where measles, mumps and rubella vaccination rates have decreased.

Alarming measles numbers

In 2018, measles cases worldwide increased in 98 countries, with measles outbreaks particularly affecting ten countries: Ukraine, Brazil, Venezuela, Philippines, Serbia, Madagascar, Sudan, Thailand, Yemen and France. In countries like Yemen, Sudan and Venezuela, the problem lies in the disaster in the public health system: it never really existed in Yemen, it collapsed in Venezuela. Where there are no vaccines, you cannot get vaccinated. In France, however, the fault lies with opponents of vaccination.

Unchecked measles waves

In the Philippines, 12,736 measles sufferers were reported in 2019 - and 203 people died of the disease this year. In Brazil, there were twelve deaths this year from 10,274 registered patients. Medical care in Venezuela has collapsed and, in addition to measles, malaria is spreading again. All countries in America were previously measles-free. All sick people and all dead people could have been avoided by vaccinations.

Misinformation-based “vaccination criticism” that prevents people from being vaccinated against measles for fear of autism immediately leads to people getting measles and some of them dying from measles - a disease that could be eradicated by vaccination .

Often conscious uncertainty

This leads to uncertainty among patients who read speculations from invalid sources or who cannot correctly interpret the study situation. Many portals that want to checkout with clicks also don't seem keen to present the scientific data in a differentiated manner. Rather, money can be made from it if headings suggest that vaccination could be harmful. (Dr. Utz Anhalt)

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Video: New study confirms there is no link between MMR vaccine and autism (January 2023).