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.
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I particularly like this part:
The sad part is, by focusing on the question of whether vaccines cause autism spectrum disorders, [researchers are] missing the opportunity to look at what the real causes are. It's not vaccines.
- Ellen Wright Clayton, professor of pediatrics, Vanderbilt University
I could not agree with her more. There is no correlation. If we could focus on the real cause maybe we'd get somewhere with helping those with it. If it's genetic, we can look at what gene is being affected and what to do to stop that.