As the measles outbreak continues to grow in the United States,
some parents refuse to vaccinate their children because they fear the measles
vaccine causes autism.
However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say
there is no correlation between the MMR vaccine and autism. Also, Huntsville
pediatrician Dr. Tim Stewart agrees with this.
Tim Stewart is the immunization coordinator for the Alabama chapter
of the American Academy of Pediatrics. "Everyone should go ahead with the
vaccination and be immunized. The American Academy of Family Physicians, The
American Academy of Pediatrics and the President recommend this," said Dr.
The expert says fear that the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine
causes autism is unwarranted. "There is no connection between autism and the
measles vaccine, there is no connection," he said.