A brace of Britain’s top doctors have released the results of a study to see if the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine could be linked to autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children. The conclusion supports
“No difference was detected in the distribution of measles antibody or in measles virus in ASD cases and controls whether the children had received the first, second or both MMR vaccinations. This remained true when the analysis was
restricted to ASD cases with a history of regression. Only one child had symptoms of possible enterocolitis, and this child was in the control group.
This is one of three virological case–control studies that have failed to demonstrate any association between measles vaccination and ASD using well-validated techniques.”
The Guardian newspaper has an excellent history of the controversy over the MMR vaccine today.