Is There a Connection Between Vaccines and Autism?enparents out what the experts have to say.pervasive developmental disorder, pdd, autistic spectrum disorders, ASD, developmental disorders, developmental disorder, autism, autistic, delayed speech, delayed language development, communication disorders, social disorders, repetitive motions, trouble with building relationships, playing with other children, pdds, asperger's syndrome, aspergers, rett syndrome, childhood integrative disorder, pdd-not otherwise specified, pdd-nos, pddnos, biological problems, neurological problems, cold mothers, facilitated communication, fc, inattention, my child has trouble paying attention, can't pay attention, idea, individuals with disabilities education act, iep, individualized education plans, autistic, developmental delays, adverse reactions to rubella vaccines, pertussis immunizations, food allergies, yeast, candida albicans, exposure to environmental toxins, biochemical imbalances, genetic disorders, immunologic problems, speech patterns, repeated words or phrases, social skills, repetitive movements, rocking back and forth, temper tantrums, my child doesn't speak, rituals, early intervention programs, arc, idea, individuals with disabilities education act, facilitated communication, fc, individualized education plan, iep, neurology, developmental medicine, behavioral medicine, general pediatrics, orthopedics, orthopaedics, vaccine, immunization, Wakefield, Jenny McCarthy, CD1Developmental Pediatrics, CD1Autism03/31/201003/01/201903/01/2019Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD03/01/201916e3277d-858b-4301-b19f-a01a7a6a9a4b<p><em>Is there a connection between vaccines and autism?</em><br /> &ndash; <em>Parris</em></p> <p>No, there is no connection between vaccines and autism.</p> <p><a href="">Autism</a> is a condition that affects the brain and makes communicating and interacting with other people more difficult. The cause(s) of autism is unknown. But genetics, differences in brain anatomy, and toxic substances in the environment are thought to contribute to children developing the condition.</p> <p>So how did the idea that vaccines play a role get started? Much of the blame lies with a study published in 1998 that suggested that the <a href="">MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine</a>, or infection with the naturally occurring <a href="">measles</a> virus itself, might cause autism. Since then, numerous scientific studies have shown that there is no link between vaccines &mdash; or any of their ingredients &mdash; and autism. And the research used in that study was found to be false, the doctor who wrote it lost his medical license, and the medical journal that published it retracted the paper (this means that they believe it never should have been published).</p> <p>Even with the overwhelming evidence that vaccines are safe and effective, some parents still decide not to have their children vaccinated or to delay vaccinations. But this is extremely risky because vaccine-preventable diseases like measles are still around. An unvaccinated child who gets one of these preventable diseases could get very sick or even die<span style="font-size: 1em;">, as could other people around the child.</span></p> <p>Sometimes, kids can have a reaction to a vaccine like a mild fever or rash. But it's clear that the risk of serious reactions to the MMR and other recommended vaccines is small compared with the health risks associated with the often-serious diseases they prevent.</p> <p>If you have concerns about any vaccine recommended for your child, talk to your doctor. Ask about the benefits and risks of each vaccine and why they're so important.</p>¿Existe una conexión entre las vacunas y el autismo?Una gran cantidad de estudios científicos que han mostrado que no existe una conexión entre las vacunas y el autismo.
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