Monday, December 9, 2019

Science: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism, But Physicians Fight to Reassure, Immunize

Editor's Note: This video is part of a monthly Texas Medical Association series highlighting infectious diseases that childhood and adult vaccinations can prevent. posts a video about a different disease/public health issue each month. Some of the topics featured include: FluMeaslesPneumococcal diseaseHuman papillomavirus (HPV)Chickenpox and shinglesPertussis (whooping cough), Hepatitis ARubella (also known as German measles), RotavirusPolioMumpsTetanusHepatitis B, and Meningococcal BDiphtheria, pregnancy and vaccines, and more. 

TMA designed the series to inform people of the facts about these diseases and to help them understand the benefits of vaccinations to prevent illness. Visit the TMA website to see news releases and more information about these diseases, as well as physicians' efforts to raise immunization awareness.

In this video, Jennifer Shuford, MD, a consultant to TMA's Committee on Infectious Diseases and infectious disease medical officer for the Texas Department of State Health Services, says there is no connection between vaccines like the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism. She emphasizes the surplus of well-documented scientific research dismissing the claims popularized by antivaccine advocates.

The MMR vaccine protects against measles, mumps, and rubella - contagious diseases caused by a virus. Patients who contract any of these diseases can suffer from symptoms like fever, cough, runny nose, fatigue, and swelling. The U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends children get two doses of the MMR vaccine: one dose at age 12 to 15 months and another dose at 4 to 6 years old. Teenagers and adults are also urged to be caught up with their MMR vaccination.

Opposition against vaccinations grew when a former British doctor, wrote a now-debunked study claiming a link between MMR and autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a developmental and neurological disability that affects a person's behavior, communication, and learning skills. The publication later retracted the paper after finding the physician skewed his research, abused the children he studied, and hid financial incentives for the report. (He eventually was barred from practicing medicine.) More than 25 scientific studies since that time have found no casual link between the MMR vaccine and ASD.

While more parents are resisting vaccinating their children with shots like the MMR vaccine, a national measles outbreak has occurred in 2019. Texas health officials reported 21 confirmed measles cases as of September.
According to the CDC, the majority of people who got measles were unvaccinated.

Meanwhile, vaccination rates across the U.S. and Europe have dropped. There are currently more than 64,000  school vaccination exemptions recorded in Texas – however the state's overall exemption rate is 1.2%, meaning more than 98% of students are vaccinated.

Vaccines like the MMR vaccine are not only scientifically proven to be effective, they protect you and your loved ones from infectious diseases.

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