Children with autism at increased risk of vaccine-preventable disease

02 May 2018

Children with autism and their younger siblings are less likely to be fully vaccinated, a study shows. 

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More than 3700 children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and almost 500,000 children without, were studied. Researchers found that, after children received an autism diagnosis, rates of vaccination were significantly lower (82%) compared with children of the same age who did not have an autism diagnosis (94%). 

The study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, shows the proportion of younger siblings who were fully vaccinated was also lower among siblings of children with ASD.

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