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Study shows no link between multiple vaccines and the risk of autism

A recent study shows that the number of childhood vaccines administered, either in a single day or during the first 2 years of life, has no bearing on the risk of autism. The study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study included over one thousand children, one quarter of the children had an autistic spectrum disorder and three quarters did not. The researchers could find no significant difference between the two groups in the total antigens from vaccines received by age 2 years or the maximum number of antigens received on a single day. The total amount of antigens from vaccines received was the same between children with ASD and those that did not have ASD. The study found that children with ASD with regression (the loss of developmental skills during the second year of life) did not receive an increased number of vaccine antigens when compared to children without ASD with regression. http://www.jpeds.com/webfiles/images/journals/ympd/JPEDSDeStefano.pdf
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Narelle Smith commented on 26-Jul-2014 03:26 PM
I have always wondered about the hypothetical link between Autism and vaccines. Children may have different sensitivities to particular interventions.

The thing that perplexed me was that the parents I worked with said that their babies (later diagnosed with ASD as toddlers) were different from birth. Some parents said their babies would not stop screaming. One mother said she heard her baby screaming in utero. A few vaccines are given at birth, but not the ones that people are claiming causes ASD.

I have certainly worked with children who had a severe reaction to vaccines and suffered a brain injury, but this is different to ASD.

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