Fact check: Does measles vaccine cause autism?

Fact check: Does measles vaccine cause autism?

- There have been speculations going around that measles vaccine can cause autism

- However, this claim has been debunked by a study tracking more than 650,000 people for over 10 years

- The new study claimed that measles autism has no connection with autism

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There have been many speculations going around when it comes to MMR or the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine. Aside from what Dengvaxia scare has brought to the image of the Health Department’s immunization programs, there have been allegations saying that measles vaccine can cause autism.

Amidst the ongoing measles outbreak in some parts of the Philippines, and even in the United States and Europe, KAMI learned that a study has shown big data indicating that there is no connection between measles vaccine and autism.

In a report by the New York Times (author Jan Hoffman), a group of research scientists conducted a study that followed around 657,461 Danish children who were born from 1999 to 2010. According to the result, “The study strongly supports that MMR vaccination does not increase the risk for autism, does not trigger autism in susceptible children, and is not associated with clustering of autism cases after vaccination.”

You may view the study here.

According to Dr. Sean T. O’Leary of the American Academy of Pediatrics, debunking the myth about the measles vaccine is “tricky.” He also added that it can be difficult for the parents to understand and sort what is “real” and what is not.

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The study which claimed that the measles vaccine is related to autism has been debunked, according to the Kids Health Organization. The doctor who conducted the study lost his medical license and the medical journal that published it had retracted the study.

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