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Denmark: MMR vaccine does not cause autism: reconfirmed

09 May 2019

The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine does not cause autism, does not trigger autism in susceptible children and is not associated with clustering of cases following vaccination.

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With the World Health Organization calling vaccine hesitancy one of the 10 biggest global threats to health, Danish researchers published new evidence in Annals of Internal Medicine, looking at 6517 cases of autism among 650,000 children, followed over a decade.

Researchers addressed claims from the anti-vaccination lobby, such as that some groups of children were more vulnerable to autism following MMR vaccination, and looked at whether there was more autism among children who had received other vaccinations before MMR. 

The study disproved these claims, and has added significant statistical power to previous studies showing that MMR is safe.

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