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Healthier Me: No Link Between Vaccines & Autism

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In a 2011 survey, about a third of parents expressed concerns that their child received too many vaccines before age two.


In Friday's Healthier Me, a new study should reassure parents concerned by the number of vaccinations their children receive in the first few years and the possibility it could increase the chances of their little one developing autism.

One-year-old Zhyla is getting her shots to protect against measles, mumps, rubella, and chicken pox. Like many moms, Nadia Fogarty worries about her daughter having so many vaccines in the first years of her life.

An estimated one in ten parents refuse or delay vaccinations over concerns they may cause autism, even though there's no scientific evidence linking the two.  Now a new study in theJournal of Pediatrics says getting multiple vaccines before age two doesn't increase the risk of autism, either.

Dr. Frank Destefano, study author with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): "Comparing the antigens received in vaccines between the children with autism and the children without autism, we did not find any difference overall."

Initial worries over vaccines and autism came from a British researcher's study that linked the MMR vaccine to autism, however that study was later found to be a fraud.

Children today get many more vaccines than they did 20 years ago, and by the time a child is two years old, they will likely have received as many as 24 shots.

Pediatricians say it's best to follow the recommended vaccination schedule.  

Dr. Jessica Sessions, pediatrician at the William F. Ryan Center: "Vaccination saves lives. When you have a family that doesn't want vaccination or wants to delay the schedule of vaccination, you are putting your baby or child at risk for something that can be prevented with a vaccine."

That's all the reassurance mom Nadia Fogarty needed; she just wants to keep her baby safe and healthy.


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