Scientists have confirmed there is no link between having the MMR vaccine and autism, even in kids who have risk factors for the condition.
That is the result of a nationwide study of all children born in Denmark to Danish-born mothers from 1999 to 2010.
Researchers say there is no evidence to suggest that the MMR vaccine (mumps, measles, and rubella) poses any risk.
The link between autism and the jab continues to be a concern among parents, which is why many refuse to have their children take vaccinations. More and more children contract measles in the US and Europe.
The World Health Organization said that anti-vax movements are currently one of the major threats to global health.
Experts from the Statens Serum Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark studied more than 650,000 children for ten years to see whether the MMR vaccine increased the chances of developing autism in children.
Of all 657,461 children, only 6,514 were diagnosed with autism.
After comparing MMR-vaccinated with MMR-unvaccinated children, scientists found there was NO increased risk for the condition, even in children who had a sibling with autism, other risk factors, or other vaccinations.
Researchers said the latest study adds to previous studies proving the same thing.
While not taking immunizations won’t make a child autistic, not having the vaccination could put them at risk from possibly deadly illnesses.
According to WHO, measles cases have increased by 50 percent in the previous year. This highly infectious viral illness can result in serious complications, such as pneumonia and encephalitis. Both complications can leave people seriously disabled or lead to death.
To protect against the disease, the MMR vaccine is the best option.
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