Study Proves There Is No Link Between The Measles Vaccine And Autism
A study that examined every child born in Denmark between 1999 and 2010 has found there is no link between the Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine and autism.
A total of 657,461 children were followed through until August 2013, with researchers documenting diagnoses of autism as well as known risk factors such as older parents and smoking in pregnancy.
Ninety-five percent of the children studied got the jab, only 6,517 were diagnosed with autism.
The data, published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, concluded that the MMR vaccine did not increase the risk of autism in children not considered at risk, or trigger it in those who were.
Its also found the vaccine is not associated with clustering of autism either.
Anti-vaxxers have clung on the theory for 25 years after a paper from Andrew Wakefield was published in medical journal, The Lancet, in 1998. The paper was discredited and Wakefield later disbarred from practising medicine.
But the information continued to spread via social media.
Just last week, UNICEF warned that global cases of measles are surging to alarming levels, with 98-per-cent of countries reporting an increase in measles cases in 2018.
The number of cases reported increased by a huge 48.4 percent between 2017 and 2018 alone.
“Measles may be the disease, but, all too often, the real infection is misinformation, mistrust and complacency," UNICEF’s executive director Henrietta Fore said.
More than 100 people died during a measles outbreak in the Philippines in February, the mass deaths linked to autism fears.
In Australia, there have been 42 cases of measles recorded nationwide.
The World Health Organisation has deemed vaccine hesitancy -- described as the reluctance to vaccinate despite it being available-- as a top 10 threat to global health in 2019.
"Vaccination is one of the most cost-effective ways of avoiding disease – it currently prevents 2-3 million deaths a year, and a further 1.5 million could be avoided if global coverage of vaccinations improved," the report said.