A Research Study Confirms that Measles Vaccine Doesn’t Cause Autism
As the whole Washington State has been suffering from the outbreak of Measles, some parents talked about mandatory vaccination in negative lighting as a when a doctor, Andrew Wakefield in 2010 said that Measles vaccine could result into Autism. However, after the statement, the doctor was alleged by a British medical panel that the doctor had acted with undisclosed financial interests and with “callous disregard” in conducting his research.
However, after nine long years, professional epidemiologists are still trying discrediting Wakefield’s work, which set off a steep decline in vaccinations, including in the United States. Wakefield moved into the United States in 2004.
Many parents are exempting their children from immunization for religious, personal and medical reasons. This trend has been warned by public health experts as it could reverse the progress that allowed officials to declare measles eliminated in the U.S. in 2000. As of January and February, 206 individual cases were confirmed in 11 states — more than the number of cases in all of 2017.
The latest report came on Monday in a paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine; it showed evidence unequivocally denying any link between autism, and the vaccine for measles, mumps, and rubella, a two-dose course that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says is 97 percent effective.
As per the research resources at Copenhagen’s Statens Serum Institute, it examined data for Danish children born from 1999 through the end of 2010, more than half a million people altogether. The research then utilized population registries to link information on vaccination status to autism diagnoses, as well as to sibling history of autism and other risk factors.
As per the finding, the vaccine does not increase the risk of autism, lending new statistical certainty to what was already medical consensus. It also concluded that vaccination is not likely to trigger the developmental disorder in susceptible populations and is not associated with a clustering of cases appearing after immunization.
“The appropriate interpretation is that there’s no association whatsoever,” Saad Omer, a professor of global health, epidemiology, and pediatrics at Emory University, said in an interview with The Washington Post.
When they were asked whether vaccine research was best conducted as a “response to the conspiracy du jour,” they replied limited resources might be better spent on promising leads in autism research than on continuing to engage with “vaccine skeptics.”
Omer hailed the Danish paper as “the largest, or one of the largest, studies on the subject.” The only limitation of the paper was one basic to all observational studies, that “you can’t intentionally vaccinate people or prevent them from vaccinating to study the effects, which would be unethical.”
He had offered that assessment on the eve of a Senate hearing on vaccines and the outbreak of preventable diseases. He is likely to give expert testimony Tuesday alongside public health officials and other researchers, as well as a teenager, Ethan Lindenberger, who got vaccinated against the wishes of his parents.
Though the study findings were not meant to have coincided with the congressional inquiry, the results did come at a critical juncture.
As per the CDC, six outbreaks are currently ongoing in the U.S. Seventy one people have been infected in Washington State. This virus has been spreading all across the globe in a similar fashion. An unvaccinated French 5-year-old recently reintroduced the disease to Costa Rica, which had been free of measles for five years. An outbreak in an Orthodox Jewish community in New York started when an unvaccinated child returned home after acquiring the disease in Israel, where a major flare-up is occurring.
As per the World Health Organization report, 72 deaths had been reported from measles in Europe last year. Only one case of death has occurred in the United States since 2003.
It should be noted that Measles is highly contagious, remaining for as long as two hours in the air of a room where an infected person has been. The illness begins with cold-like symptoms and a rash, and the infected person may fall victim to additional complications, including pneumonia and, in more severe cases, inflammation of the brain known as encephalitis and even seizures.
It is definitely the success of the measles vaccine, that has enabled a small but fervent opposition movement to take root, Omer said.
“It is in some sense a victim of its own success,” the Emory professor said of the vaccine, which became available in the U.S. in 1963. “It’s hard to see the benefit if you don’t see the disease.”
Suzinne Pak-Gorstein, a pediatrician in Seattle and a professor at the University of Washington, said public awareness has increased since the new Governor took his office. It should be reported that Governor Jay Inslee had declared a health emergency in January.
“People forget that they should be worried, and then, here we go again,” she said. “I do blame our non-vaccinated population, which has been scared by unfounded links to autism, which have been shown to be false.”