Largest Study Ever Of 650,000 Children Says No Links between Autism and Vaccines

There is a huge debate raging on in the US related to vaccines and how they may be linked to autism. There have been several studies to that effect as well as expert opinions both for and against the topic but yet there has not been a definite answer. Even as measles outbreaks are raging in the US, one particular study touted to be the largest of its kind is claiming evidence that the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine does not cause autism. The research was done in Denmark.

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1A new study, the largest of its kind

According to the study involving 650,000 Danish children, it says that unvaccinated children were more at risk to be diagnosed with autism than those who were vaccinated. So is this going to end the debate once and for all? There have been several studies in the past including the infamous one of Andrew Wakefield claiming that autism is linked to vaccines but till date nothing concrete has come up supporting the claims of both sides.

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2No link between vaccines and autism

The largest study so far into vaccines and autism has concluded there is no link, even in children who have a higher risk of developing the disorder. In fact, the researchers found that unvaccinated children were more likely to go on to be diagnosed with autism than those who received vaccines.

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No link between vaccines and autism
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3The most controversial study linking vaccines to autism was debunked

Many medical experts have repeatedly stated that vaccines do not cause autism. That statement received a shot in the arm when one particular study of Andrew Wakefield in 1998 researched 12 children linking the MMR vaccine to autism was debunked as a fraud.

The most controversial study linking vaccines to autism was debunked
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4Unverified results and falsified data

The results were never verified and later after further investigation, it was proven that he had manipulated the data that turned out false. His medical license was also revoked. A research paper on the case of Andrew Wakefield study published in an Indian Journal of Psychiatry also stated  “The final episode in the saga is the revelation that Wakefield et al were guilty of deliberate fraud (they picked and chose data that suited their case; they falsified facts). The British Medical Journal has published a series of articles on the exposure of the fraud, which appears to have taken place for financial gain.”

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