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Vaccination Hot Topics

The proposed link between MMR vaccination and autism was made in the spring of 1998 following a study by Dr. Andrew Wakefied. The CDC states: "The weight of currently available scientific evidence does not support the hypothesis that vaccines cause autism."

Links to information about MMR/autism:

UK Department of Health's "MMR - The Facts"

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) "Autism and the MMR Vaccine"

Immunization Action Coalition, Dr. Paul Offit's "Vaccines and Autism"

Institute of Medicine (IOM), Immunization Safety Review: Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine and Autism (2001)

Articles by Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick
"MMR: why government reassurances won't work"
"MMR: injection of fear"
"Immune to the Truth"
"Myths of Immunity"
"Andrew Wakefield: misguided maverick"
"MMR: the making of junk science"
"MMR: Investigating the Interests" "Immune to the Truth"
"MMR: Fact and Fiction"
"Medicine on Trial"
"MMR: The Controversy Continues"
"Anti-Vaccination Nation?"
"Mercury and Autism: A Damaging Delusion"
"The Death Agony of the Anti-MMR Campaign"
"MMR: A Reparation, Of Sorts"
"How Did the Doctor Get Away With It?"
"MMR is Safe - so Why Are Many Still Scared of It?"

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) "FAQ's about MMR vaccine and autism"

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) "Vaccines and Autism"

Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) "Autism Information"

Article (December 2002) "Thimerosal and Autism Link Improbable"

Editorial from "Expert Review of Vaccines" "The Power of the Anecdote in Influencing Parents' Immunization Decisions"

Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine article (July 2003) "Association of Autistic Spectrum Disorder and the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Vaccine A Systematic Review of Current Epidemiological Evidence"

Japanese Journal of Infectious Diseases article (June 2003) "An Epidemiological Study on Japanese Autism concerning Routine Childhood Immunization History"