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MMR Vaccination not linked to Autism

by Medindia Content Team on  October 19, 2005 at 7:31 PM Drug News   - G J E 4
MMR Vaccination not linked to Autism
Professor Vittorio Demicheli an Italian epidemiologist as done a systematic review of various studies involving the use of Mumps, Measles and Rubella (MMR) vaccine. The study is focused to find out the link between MMR vaccination and autism or bowel disease. As it is believed that use of MMR vaccine shots in children's may cause Autism. This review looked at studies involving millions of children around the world and concluded that MMR shots are safe and effective.
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Since the 1971 introduction of MMR, the life-threatening childhood infections have become rare in most developed countries. Measles disappeared entirely in the United States in 1993. Concerns about the safety of MMR arose in 1998, when the British medical journal The Lancet published a study linking the injections with the onset of autism and Crohn's disease — an inflammation of the gastrointestinal system — in 12 children.

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The new comprehensive review of studies adds to the weight of evidence supporting the safety and efficacy of MMR. "MMR remains an important preventive global intervention," conclude the authors. The review appears in the most recent issue of The Cochrane Library.

The review confirmed that the combined vaccine may cause expected short-term effects such as irritability, fever, rash and joint stiffness. Very rarely, more serious side effects such as bleeding disorders and seizures may occur. Nevertheless, "No credible evidence of an involvement of MMR with either autism or Crohn's disease was found," say the authors.

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Dr. F. Edward Yazbak, an American pediatrician and grandfather of an autistic boy. Said that a small percentage of genetically predisposed infants are unable to detoxify mercury-containing preservatives once used in first-year vaccinations and were thus injured by a blow to their immune system by MMR. Although mercury has now been removed from pediatric vaccines, Yazbak remains convinced that current inoculation recommendations carry unwarranted risks. He said, "Our body is made to deal with one infection at a time," he notes. Yazbak promotes what he calls "reasonable vaccination," recommending that single vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella be available at no additional cost.

Source: News wise.
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