From time to time I am asked to comment on vaccine safety issues on Facebook. Today somebody had shared an article entitled “Courts Quietly Confirm MMR Vaccine Causes Autism”
Here is my contribution which I am sharing because might help others in a similar position.
Bottom line – the MMR vaccine is safe and does not cause autism.
We all want to do the best for our kids. Protecting them from measles mumps and rubella is important. Measles can cause pneumonia, brain inflammation and sometimes even death. There is an outbreak in Australian right now.
Class actions in the US and UK have found against a link between vaccines and autism. Autism is a serious problem and the cause is not known but it does run in families and affects boys more.
The theory that vaccines cause autism has been studied by independent experts all over the world. The Rolls Royce review is here http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2004/Immunization-Safety-Review-Vaccines-and-Autism.aspx.
Parents wanting a user friendly information might find the MMR decision aid helpful. Sample page linked below: http://www.ncirs.edu.au/immunisation/education/mmr-decision/measles.php