Vaccines Still Don’t Cause Autism

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People who think vaccines cause autism are hard to convince otherwise. Over the years they’ve come up with many reasons they think vaccines could cause autism, and when one cause is scientifically tested and rejected, they often just come up with another reason. Everything from the MMR vaccine to specific vaccine ingredients has been blamed over the years.

Yet another hypothesis has been tested and rejected. The “too many, too soon” claim. Under this hypothesis, it wasn’t a specific vaccine that caused autism but rather the increasing number of vaccines on the regular schedule. Some parents used this to justify delaying vaccines instead of using the recommended schedule. This in spite of evidence that our immune systems could handle the current schedule and delaying those shots was dangerous because it increased the window of vulnerability children had to contagious diseases.

Well rest assured.There’s no link between the number of vaccines a child receives and their chance of later developing autism.

Instead of chasing after a cause for autism that’s been disproven time and time again, can we start focusing some of this energy and research on improving the lives of individuals with autism?