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Measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (MMR): no link with autism

FEATURED REVIEW Studies based on a very significant number of children, taken together, do not show any link between MMR vaccination and the occurrence of autistic disorders. The authors of the two studies claiming the opposite used incorrect data or applied inappropriate analytical methods.
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  • Studies proposing a link between the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (MMR) and autism were published in 1998 and 2014, and then retracted because they were tainted by fraud.
  • A Danish cohort study carried out on more than 600 000 children, born between 1999 and 2011, and followed for an average of eight and one-half years, did not show any association between MMR vaccination and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.
  • The results of two meta-analyses of epidemiological studies, another cohort study, and a case-control study all also point to the absence of a link between MMR vaccination and autism.

©Prescrire 1 May 2020

"Measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (MMR): no link with autism" Prescrire Int 2020; 29 (215): 125-127. (Pdf, subscribers only).

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