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Vaccinations and Autism: One Pediatrician's View (cont.)

Measles is only one example. Vaccination programs against other diseases have similar stories all resulting in dramatic decreases in morbidity and mortality, especially in children. These include:

Studies thus far have not revealed any relationship between vaccines and autism. Nevertheless, this doesn't mean that the research should completely stop. Significant research and development in the field of vaccinations needs to continue for the foreseeable future, so that we can one day hope to decrease the number of deaths and hospitalizations due to preventable infections.

Medically reviewed by Margaret Walsh, MD; American Board of Pediatrics

REFERENCES:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "Community Report From the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) Among Multiple Areas of the United States in 2008." Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network 2012. <http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/documents/ADDM-2012-Community-Report.pdf>.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "Summary of notifiable diseases—United States, 2009." Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 58.53 (2011).

Fountain, Christine, et al. "Six Developmental Trajectories Characterize Children With Autism." Pediatrics published online April 2, 2012. <http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2012/03/28/peds.2011-1601>.

Mrozek-Budzyn, Dorota, et al. "Lack of association between measles-mumps-rubella vaccination and autism in children: a case-control study." The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal 29.5 (2010): 397-400.


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