WASHINGTON (WNEW) – Despite a recent anti-vaccine movement, there is no link between the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (MMR) and autism in children, a new study says.
The study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association examined more than 95,000 children with older siblings who received and did not receive the MMR vaccine.
Researchers found that children who received the MMR vaccine did not develop Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at a higher rate than those who did not receive the vaccine, even if they were at greater risk for autism.
“Consistent with studies in other populations, we observed no association between MMR vaccination and increased ASD risk among privately insured children. We also found no evidence that receipt of either 1 or 2 doses of MMR vaccination was associated with an increased risk of ASD among children who had older siblings with ASD,” the study says.
The study also found there was no increased risk of autism development from MMR at any age.
Earlier this year, a measles outbreak sparked a vaccination debate across the country.
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