Study: No Links Between Autism And Vaccinations

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vaccineWhether to vaccinate children has sparked fiery debate among parents for decades. Many parents feel immunization is unnatural, and there are fears about a link between vaccination and autism. But a new report led by the University of Sydney appears to have settled that argument.

A review of available data from around the world has found that there is no link between vaccination and the development of autism or autism spectrum disorders.

The study examined seven sets of data involving more than 1.25 million children and concluded that there was no evidence to support a relationship between common vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough and the development of autism.

The paper’s senior author, Associate Professor Guy Eslick from the Sydney Medical School, said he was inspired to look into the issue after watching some documentaries on the medical debate.

“I thought, surely someone has put this data together. I searched; there was nothing,” Eslick said. “There has been enormous debate regarding the possibility of a link between these commonly used and safe childhood vaccinations and the supposed development of autism.

“The data consistently shows the lack of evidence for an association between autism, autism spectrum disorders and childhood vaccinations … providing no reason to avoid immunization on these grounds.”

Read more at the New York Post.

{Matzav.com Newscenter}

25 COMMENTS

  1. Read the Vaccine Package insert from the CDC and you will see the connection written there 🙂 I wonder why the vaccine companies would list autism as a possible side effect if there is truly no connection. Hmm. (P.S. next time your child G-d forbid has any sort of adverse reaction to a vaccine, tell your doctor and see if A. he admits it may be connected to the vaccine, and B. whether he documents it or not. then you will understand why there’s no ‘evidence’.

  2. Even the person who first started this debate admitted that he falsified data to support his claim. He is in jail for this fraud! Unfortunately, the ignorant among us still believe this baloney and even put out a beautiful, glossy magazine to support their ignorant claims. They are being machshil other people who are naive enough to fall for this. This is a tragedy waiting to happen and we must fight it!

  3. #2: Drug companies list all kinds of side effects for their products, because their lawyers tell them to.

    Lawyers, however, are only interested in making money, not in the facts. For them, if the probability of some side effect is even minuscule (which autism might be – more likely it’s less than minuscule), they say put it on the package.

    The probability of getting autism from the vaccines is less than the hallachically prescribed milsa d’lo shechichi and cannot stand as an argument against vaccination. The probability of getting a disease because of not vaccinating is so high that it makes it hallachically imperative to get vaccinated.

  4. To comment Number 3. Why trust magazines do your own research and you will see.
    The CDC tells you everything. They just don’t want you to see it

  5. Today they say it’s not linked.. tomorrow they’ll say it may be linked..
    You can never be too careful..
    There are new studies coming out each day, and we may only learn the repercussions of modern medicine years down the line, when it may just be too late.

  6. No doctor states that these injections cause autism
    The facts have always been that there is no risk. The risk of not getting it is greater
    As to the lists these aren’t listed by the cdc but by company lawyers
    But read the ingredience of a potatoe it contains arsenic as well as other deadly compounds yet no one has dies from them

  7. Go tell that to a mother who’s child gets autism the day after she took him for his MMR. “Its just by chance” right?

  8. “The probability of getting autism from the vaccines is less than ”

    It is actually zero. Nobody has ever gotten autism from a vaccine. The original claim was a fraud.

  9. “Read the Vaccine Package insert from the CDC and you will see the connection written there”

    Wrong. I just went to the FDA site and looked up the labels, which are publicly available. Autism is not mentioned at all.

    You are over an issur for putting that false information on the internet. You might want to do tshuvah before Yom Kippur. And in the future you might want to do five minutes of internet research before endangering peoples lives.

    Read the Vaccine Package insert from the CDC and you will see the connection written there

  10. “The CDC tells you everything.”

    You are not only a sinner, you are a total ignoramus. The Centers for Disease Control has nothing to do with vaccine regulation; vaccines are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.

    And you are a coward too, posting anonymously.

  11. ‘Go tell that to a mother who’s child gets autism the day after she took him for his MMR. “Its just by chance” right?’

    Yes. Because children who develop autism typically begin to do so at about the time they get vaccinated, people falsely believe it was the vaccine. But in fact, children who get vaccinated develop autism at the same rate as children who don’t get vaccinated — this has been shown in numerous studies.

    You don’t like studies with comparison groups? I’m sorry you don’t like our Tanakh. The very first clinical study with a comparison group recorded in human history is in the first chapter of Sefer Daniel.

    Futhermore, the leading American advocate for the “vaccines cause autism” lie is Jenny McCarthy. She has no medical training, and she became famous by taking off her clothes for Playboy magazine. That commenters on a frum site will buy into her side of this argument against every competent physician and every medical researcher is a proof of yeridot hadorot. It shows that the frum world really is not insulated from negative societal trends.

  12. To #10-
    We all feel very bad for the mother of a child with autism. No one is saying that vaccination is risk free. But why not interview some of the mothers who remember the polio epidemic in NYC in the 1940’s and 1950’s. As soon as the vaccine came out they rushed to get it. If you would have told them there’s a risk of autism, they probably would have still vaccinated. Polio is much more risky. So is meningitis and tuberculosis.
    That is how life is, we must evaluate one risk against another. We are required to make the proper Hishtadlus based on what seems logical and sensible for those times. After that we must believe that what happens is Yad Hashem. A person who vaccinates their child is doing normal histadlus to protect their child from dangerous diseases. If the outcome is not in their favor, they must believe that they did the right thing and Hashem wanted it to be that way.

  13. No 11 you have no idea what you are talking about
    No desease happens immediately. This child was if TRUE autistic before the shot. And the patents need to blame some
    The author of the study admitted he lied in the study hey but why listen to the truth.

  14. The full article of this piece that Matzav quotes is from the New York Post (online at http://nypost.com/2014/05/19/no-links-between-autism-and-vaccinations-study/, or go there using the link here). As already seen in the beginning part that is quoted here, it presents the claim of this  Associate Professor Guy Eslick in Australia, who is strongly pro-vaccination. 

    However, right before the end of the article, it points out that there are other organizations that do not share Professor Eslick’s views; it gives the name of one: the “Australian Vaccination-Skeptics Network,” and provides a link to a page of its web site at http://avn.org.au/2013/08/studies-supporting-vaccineautism-causation/.

    On this page there is a long list of no less than SIXTY-EIGHT medical journal reported studies that do show a definite connection between vaccine toxins and autism.

  15. A doctor in Chicago followed 35,000 cases of non-vacicnated children and found that there was not even one case of Autisim. It beats this Australian study.

  16. Go find one autistic child in the Amish community. (Known for not vaccinating) There are none. But some of you will continue to take all proof & blame it on “chance”. If you try hard enough you can ignore the facts.

  17. The fact is: No one in our community doesn’t vaccinate out of ignorance. Most of us used to vaccinate our children & then stopped.

    Why? either because someone in our immediate family got damaged from it or we were smart enough to learn from someone else’s mistakes.

  18. The last paragraph of Comment #14 says: ” . . . the leading American advocate for the ‘vaccines cause autism’ lie is Jenny McCarthy. She has no medical training . . . . . That commenters on a frum site will buy into her side of this argument against every competent physician and every medical researcher is a proof of yeridot hadorot. It shows that the frum world really is not insulated from negative societal trends.”

    In other words, first, this comment states that the one big leader of this resistance to vaccinations fad is this one McCarthy woman, who knows zero about medicine. Then, the comment implies that the many people who posted comments here (and at related articles) expressing any criticism of vaccinations are believing this medically ignorant woman, instead of listening to “every competent physician and every medical researcher.” The comment further points out that, as they are so hooked on following this woman, who has moral failings, it shows that they specifically admire her weak morality. It also shows that the frum world in general is influenced by current society’s low moral standards.

    I am 1,000% sure that we can 1,000% assume that almost all of the frum people who commented here never even heard the words “Jenny McCarthy”; if they had heard of the name, their remarks here of vaccine skepticism absolutely DID NOT come from any media reported statements of Mrs. McCarthy.

    For the real truth is that opposition to vaccinations is a significant world wide effort. It is comprised of numerous medical and scientific professionals and countless lay people — probably most of whom experienced the excruciating horrors of witnessing their children being gravely injured and even totally ruined by vaccinations. They form many prestigious organizations, whose task is to provide information and support.

  19. (Previous comment continued)

    Take a look at this page of the web site of the “International Medical Council on Vaccination” at http://www.vaccinationcouncil.org/about/. Notice the list of medical doctors who form their administration.

    Take a look at this page of the web site of the “Vaccination Risk Awareness Network” at http://vran.org/about-vaccines/general-issues/doctors-speak/. Notice the long list of links to articles authored by medical doctors.

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