Researchers at The Whiteley-Martin Research Centre in Australia recently published a meta-analysis of studies examining the alleged link between vaccines and autism. The study looked at five cohort studies that involved 1,256,407 children, and five case-control studies involving 9,920 children.
The title of the meta-analysis says it all: Vaccines are not associated with autism: An evidence-based meta-analysis of case-control and cohort studies. Among the highlights of the meta-analysis,
- There was no relationship between vaccination and autism (OR: 0.99; 95% CI: 0.92 to 1.06).
- There was no relationship between vaccination and ASD (autism spectrum disorder) (OR: 0.91; 95% CI: 0.68 to 1.20).
- There was no relationship between [autism/ASD] and MMR (OR: 0.84; 95% CI: 0.70 to 1.01).
- There was no relationship between [autism/ASD] and thimerosal (OR: 1.00; 95% CI: 0.77 to 1.31).
- There was no relationship between [autism/ASD] and mercury (Hg) (OR: 1.00; 95% CI: 0.93 to 1.07).
- Findings of this meta-analysis suggest that vaccinations are not associated with the development of autism or autism spectrum disorder.
Unfortunately, since Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s fraudulent research created the hysteria about vaccines and autism in 1998, the anti-vaccine myth seems impervious to actual science.