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Vaccine for measles, mumps, and rubella proven not to cause autism again

The vaccine for measles, mumps, and rubella does not cause autism according to the first large study of siblings of children with autism that took the vaccine. Dr. Anjali Jain of the Lewin Group in Falls Church, Virginia, and colleagues examined the occurrence of autism in the younger siblings of children that had autism and had taken the vaccine for mumps, measles, and rubella. The research was reported in the April 21, 2015, edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Researchers have examined the relationship between the mumps, measles, and rubella vaccine after claims that the vaccine caused autism surfaced more than 15 years ago. The research was prompted by pending litigation that has yet to substantiate the claims of autism due to vaccination for mumps, measles, and rubella. The investigation involved 95,727 children. The documentation of vaccination was provided by each child’s health care plan.

The results of the research show there is no indication of an increased chance of a child getting autism at any age from taking the mumps, measles, and rubella vaccine. Multiple vaccinations produced no difference in the instances of autism in children that had an older sibling that had autism and children that had no family history of autism. The point of the vaccine is to prevent deaths from measles, mumps, and rubella like the recent episode of child deaths in California.

The fingering of a vaccine as the cause of autism can be understood from the perspective of a parent that cannot afford the costs involved in raising a child with autism. The resulting promulgation of bogus information that vaccines caused autism actually resulted in killing children. One wonders if the parents, organizations, and their attorneys that claimed the mumps, measles, and rubella vaccine caused autism should not be held liable for the recent deaths of children from measles due to the lack of vaccination.