A large new government study should reassure parents who are afraid that kids are getting autism because they receive too many vaccines too early in life.
The study, by researchers at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, found no connection between the number of vaccines a child received and his or her risk of autism spectrum disorder. It also found that even though kids are getting more vaccines these days, those vaccines contain many fewer of the substances that provoke an immune response.
The study offers a response to vaccine skeptics who have suggested that getting too many vaccines on one day or in the first two years of life may lead to autism, says Frank DeStefano, director of the Immunization Safety Office of the CDC.
I’d like to think we have reached the peak of the vaccine-autism misinformation connection. But, since it got started with one person and around one shoddy bit of work, it could happen again.
If you do not know the entire story on Andrew Wakefield and the MMR vaccine-autism case, please take a bit and browse the work of the journalist who exposed him.
Just a note: they misuse the idea of “skeptic” and “skepticism” in this piece based on the more common usage. I added a comment that pointed to the Media Guide to help clarify that.
Tip: David Wood