No matter how many very intelligent medical professionals profess their knowledge of vaccines, anti-vaxxers will not give up this idiotic notion that vaccines cause Autism in children.
Many studies have been done on the topic, but not one study showed any connection between vaccinations and Childhood Autism.
Autism Spectrum Disorder is caused by a difference in the way the brain functions. It is a developmental disorder mostly diagnosed during childhood.
The anti-vaccination group, SafeMinds, funded a six-year study to prove that vaccination do, in fact, cause ASD.
That study recently came to a conclusion: Vaccines absolutely DO NOT cause Autism.
The study researched the effect of vaccinations on the “neurological development and social behavior of rhesus macaque infants.”
Yesterday the SafeMinds Board President, Sallie Bernard, posted the following excerpt to their website:
“We had no preconceived notion of what the outcome of the study should have been but that we were quite perplexed that the recently published findings—that show no correlation between vaccines administered to primates and autism-like neuroanatomy and behaviors—are at such great odds with the scientific findings that have been reported from this study, both in published literature and in a poster presentation at a scientific conference in 2013, using the same monkeys that were reported on in the study.”
The Center For Disease Control states the following:
“Some people have had concerns that ASD might be linked to the vaccines children receive, but studies have shown that there is no link between receiving vaccines and developing ASD. In 2011, an Institute of Medicine (IOM) report on eight vaccines given to children and adults found that with rare exceptions, these vaccines are very safe.”
“A 2013 CDC study added to the research showing that vaccines do not cause ASD. The study looked at the number of antigens (substances in vaccines that causes the body’s immune system to produce disease-fighting antibodies) from vaccines during the first two years of life. The results showed that the total amount of antigen from vaccines received was the same between children with ASD and those that did not have ASD.”
While they are annoying as ever, anti-vaxxers can continue to fund these studies that will only prove how necessary and harmless vaccines are. This way there is well documented evidence of such findings, and eventually the myth will be laid to rest…in a perfect world.
To view the six-year study that was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, click here.