While the anti-vaxxer movement continues to attract media attention, another study has found there’s no link between vaccines and autism.
Of course, the idea that vaccines could cause autism had been previously refuted by countless health professionals. Still, the notion somehow persists.
Now, a new study involving over half a million children offers even more evidence that no such link exists.
In 1998, a doctor named Andrew Wakefield produced falsified findings in which he established a link between vaccines and autism. Having been deemed “utterly false” by the journal that published it, the paper was later retracted. Even most of the study’s co-authors withdrew their support for its interpretations.
Wakefield’s findings could not be reproduced by other researchers, nor could his hypothesis be confirmed. Additionally, Wakefield was also accused of having undisclosed financial interests in presenting his claims.
In 2010, the British General Medical Council investigated Wakefield after allegations of misconduct and unethical practices were levied against him. Not only had his findings been debunked, three dozen charges against him were proved by the GMC. These included multiple counts of dishonesty as well as a dozen that involved the abuse of developmentally delayed children.
Nearly a decade later, doctors, researchers, and professional epidemiologists are somehow still forced to confront the disgraced doctor’s claims.
Regardless of Wakefield’s dubious history and blatant dishonesty, his assertions set off a frightening trend. A growing number of parents have since chosen to exempt their children from immunization.
While officials had declared in 2000 that measles had been eliminated in the U.S., that declaration is now in peril. Already this year, there’ve been 206 confirmed cases in 11 states. That’s more than double the number of cases reported for the year 2017 in its entirety.
This week, results were released for a decade-long study, conducted by researchers at the Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen. The study involved over half a million Danish children born between 1999 and the end of 2010.
The researchers utilized population registries to explore and evaluate information regarding autism diagnoses and MMR vaccination status. They also looked into risk factors including sibling history as well.
Their findings have lent new statistical certainty to an already existing medical consensus. Not only did they find that there was no increased risk in Autism for those who were vaccinated, there’s more. They also concluded that it was not likely vaccination would trigger developmental disorders in those already at risk either.
In short, they provided still more unequivocal evidence that there’s no link between the vaccine and autism.