Vaccinations and autism
It needs to be said that vaccinations do NOT cause autism.
Unfortunately, the vaccination myth is still one of the most popular. And unfortunately, it still functions in society. Although nearly a quarter century has passed since the publication of false research linking autism to vaccinations, many parents still don’t know if they should vaccinate their children.
False article on the link between vaccinations and autism
It all started with an article by Andrew Wakefield published in The Lancet in 1998. This suggested a link between MMR vaccination against measles, epidemic mumps and rubella and autism spectrum disorders. The article caused a panic, with scientists criticizing its content and quickly pointing out the unsubstantiated nature of its thesis. The text was a description of a small series of cases without a control group and was based on references to parents’ memories and beliefs.
Epidemiologic studies conducted over the next decade consistently failed to support evidence of a link between vaccinations and. The lie was repeatedly exposed, the article was retracted, and Dr. Wakefield was disbarred.
Long-term effects of vaccinations
The fear of vaccinations, once ingrained, continues to grow in the minds of parents. Therefore, further research has been conducted. A 2014 study based on a sample of 1.2 million people found no link between autism spectrum disorders and vaccinations. Scientists have proven that the causes of autism are related to the development of the nervous system and go back to the child’s intrauterine condition
Also the forthcoming American classification of disorders DSM V and the International Classification of Diseases and Disorders ICD 11 categorize autism as a neurodevelopmental disorder.