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and Autism Theory
The weight of currently available scientific
evidence does not support the hypothesis
that vaccines cause autism. We recognize
there is considerable public interest in
this issue, and therefore support additional
research regarding this hypothesis. CDC
is committed to maintaining the safest,
most effective vaccine supply in history.
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Asked Questions on the hypothesis of
and Autism answering the following
MMR vaccine cause autism?
have studies found?
there studies that suggesting a connection?
about claim that autism numbers have
been increasing ever since MMR vaccine
it be safer to separate the MMR vaccine
into its individual components?
a younger sibling of an autistic child,
or a child of someone who has autism
be vaccinated with MMR or other vaccines?
we delay vaccination until we know
more about the negative effects of
research on vaccines and autism
Messages and answers to questions about
CDC research into possible links between
thimerosal in childhood vaccines and
neurodevelopmental disorders such as
the most recent and past IOM reports
on the theory of the possible link between
the use of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
(MMR) vaccine and autism including:
conclusions of IOM reports
of IOM reports
to actual IOM reports
information about autism and CDC's autism
for further information
autism, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD),
and the study of autism and vaccines.
MMR Decision Aid: Are you considering MMR
vaccination for your child?
Clarify what is important to you in making
a decision about MMR vaccination.
release from American Academy of Pediatrics
to pediatricians on recognizing the early
symptoms of autism and recommendations on
continuing immunizations. (7 May 2001)
Kingdom's response to MMR:
Rejects any suggestion by Dr. Wakefield that
combined measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
vaccines were licensed prematurely.
Annals update on vaccine safety: Measles-Mumps-Rubella
Vaccine and Autism: The Rise (and Fall?)
of a Hypothesis.
By J.L. Kastner and B.G. Gellin. Pediatric
Annals 30:7/July 2001.
statement on the use of MMR vaccine:
other scientists have not been able to reproduce
the results claimed by Dr Wakefield and his
team regarding measles virus
Research Council Media Release:
No New Evidence of a Link Between MMR
National Institute of Child Health and Human
there any scientific evidence that proves
a linkage between autism and vaccines?
Division of Birth Defects,
Child Development, and Disability and Health: Autism
messages, facts, and additional sources
of information: Fact
Sheet on Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Measles
to the following Inflammatory Bowel Disease
is IBD and what causes IBD?
about studies suggesting association
between measles vaccine and IBD?
- Is there
scientific evidence to show there is
no association between measles vaccine
response to an article by Geier and Geier
that has received media attention, the American
Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
recently issued a paper, "Study Fails
to Demonstrate a Connection Between Thimerosal
Paper Rebuts Article...
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from the Director of the National Immunization
Program (NIP), Walter Orenstein to the Chief
Medical Officer in the United Kingdom (U.K.),
Sir Liam Donaldson. Letter reaffirms our
scientific and medical support for the safety
and use of combined MMR vaccine.
(Feb. 19, 2002)
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