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MMR Vaccine

There is no scientific evidence that MMR vaccine causes autism. The question about a possible link between MMR vaccine and autism has been extensively reviewed by independent groups of experts in the U.S., including the Health Division of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine). These reviews have concluded that there is not a causal link between MMR vaccine and autism.
MMR Resources
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IAC's collection of handouts for staff and patients
MMR Vaccine Does Not Cause Autism: Examine the evidence
MMR Vaccine Does Not Cause Autism: Examine the Evidence
Clear Answers & Smart Advice About Your Baby's Shots
Clear Answers & Smart Advice About Your Baby's Shots
Measles: Questions and Answers
Measles: Questions and Answers
 
Need Help Responding to Vaccine-Hesitant Parents? Science-Based Materials from Respected Organizations
Need Help Responding to Vaccine-Hesitant Parents? Science-Based Materials from Respected Organizations
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Vaccine Information Statements
VISs are information sheets produced by CDC that explain both the benefits and risks of a vaccine to vaccine recipients
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MMRV VIS MMRV VIS

 

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Click this arrow to view the vaccine safety websection on vaccineinformation.org
Vaccine Basics: Vaccine Safety
The Vaccine Basics web section on vaccineinformation.org provides information about importance of vaccines and answers many common questions about vaccines and getting vaccinated
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Click this arrow to view CDC's Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Vaccine Safety
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Vaccine Safety
Provides summary of MMR vaccine safety information
Click this arrow to view CDC's Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism
Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism
Statement from CDC, includes links to many resources and references
Click here to view Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Vaccination: What Everyone Should Know
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Vaccination: What Everyone Should Know
CDC information for the public about the use of MMR vaccine
Click here to view Measles: Make Sure Your Child Is Fully Immunized
Measles: Make Sure Your Child Is Fully Immunized
CDC describes the importance of measles vaccine for children
Vaccine Education Center, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Click this arrow to view VEC's A Look at What Causes, and Doesn't Cause, Autism
Vaccines and Autism
Provides analysis of the critically flawed "Wakefield studies" as well as information about other studies showing there is no connection between vaccines and autism. Also includes several references.
Click this arrow to view VEC's Vaccines and Autism: What you should know
Vaccines and Autism: What You Should Know
Responds to three concerns: MMR vaccine, thimerosal, and that babies receive too many vaccines too soon
>> Spanish-language version
Vaccine Safety: Immune System and Health
Vaccine Safety: Immune System and Health
Reviews natural infection versus immunization, viral shedding after receiving live vaccines
Click this arrow to view the book: Autism's False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure
Autism's False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure
Author: Paul A. Offit, MD (Columbia University Press, 2008: 328 pages)
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
Click this arrow to view AAP's vaccine studies: examine the evidence
Vaccine Safety: Examine the Evidence
Studies that reject the link between MMR vaccine and autism
Why I Vaccinate: Childhood Measles Case Makes Mom an Advocate
Why I Vaccinate: Childhood Measles Case Makes Mom an Advocate
Parents send in personal testimonies on why they vaccinate their children
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Autism
Resources for parents on autism and autism spectrum disorder
National Academy of Medicine
The National Academy of Medicine, formerly known as the Institute of Medicine (IOM), is an impartial group of the world's leading experts that advises Congress on science issues. After reviewing more than 200 studies in 2004 and more than 1,000 studies in 2011, its consensus report strongly stated that the evidence did not show a link between vaccines and autism.
Click this arrow to view the 2011 IOM study: Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality
2011 Study: Adverse Effects of Vaccines - Evidence and Causality
Click this arrow to view the 2004 IOM study: Immunization Safety Review: Vaccines and Autism
2004 Study: Immunization Safety Review - Vaccines and Autism
Vaxopedia
Vaxopedia
Everything You Need to Know About the Measles Vaccine
Questions and answers about the measles vaccine
Why Are You Still Worried About the MMR Vaccine?
Why Are You Still Worried About the MMR Vaccine?
Studies show MMR vaccine is safe
Autism Science Foundation
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Autism Science Foundation Website
Nonprofit organization supports autism research and provides information about autism to the general public and serves to increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders
Click this arrow to view Autism and Vaccines
Autism and Vaccines
What parents need to know about autism research
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     HISTORICAL RESOURCES
Wakefield Saga: The Truth Behind the MMR Scare
Wakefield Saga: The Truth Behind the MMR Scare
Read Deer's analyses as well as related news coverage & commentaries from 2011
 
      VIDEOS
Video: Is the MMR Vaccine Safe? - Talking about Vaccines with Dr. Paul Offit
Is the MMR Vaccine Safe? - Talking about Vaccines with Dr. Paul Offit
A series of videos, each about two to four minutes in length, during which Dr. Offit answers individual questions related to vaccines.
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Video: Vaccines and the Autism Myth (part 1)
Vaccines and the Autism Myth (part 1)
Part 1: The infamous Wakefield study kickstarted the Autism Myth, but many studies have since shown that there is no link between the MMR Vaccine and autism. Find out how it all got started. Rishi is a pediatric infectious disease physician and works at Khan Academy.
>> watch part 2
Video: Healthcare Triage: Measles is Beatable. Please Vaccinate Your Children.
Healthcare Triage: Measles is Beatable. Please Vaccinate Your Children
Aaron Carroll, MD, professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, produces videos at Healthcare Triage News about healthcare issues. In this video, he describes the measles outbreak in Clark County, WA, how it spread, the seriousness of measles, and the importance of vaccination.
Video: Autism and the MMR Vaccine, Revisited
Autism and the MMR Vaccine, Revisited
Medscape Infectious Diseases: Offit on Vaccines (registration required)
Videos & PSAs
more videos for parents
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more videos for healthcare professionals
      POWERPOINT SLIDE SETS
PowerPoint: Common Immunization Myths and Misconceptions
Common Immunization Myths and Misconceptions
Talking points and resources for busy healthcare professionals
PowerPoint: Quick Answers to Tough Questions: Vaccine Talking Points for Busy Health Professionals
Quick Answers to Tough Questions: Vaccine Talking Points for Busy Health Professionals
Help parents who question vaccines; references provided
PowerPoint: A Photo Collection of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
A Photo Collection of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
Images and descriptions of 23 diseases
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      JOURNAL ARTICLES
Di Pietrantonj C, et al. Vaccines for Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella in Children
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2020, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD004407:1-419. Click here to read the article.
Measles, Mumps, Rubella Vaccination and Autism: A Nationwide Cohort Study
Ann Intern Med. 2019;170(8):513-520
Principal Controversies in Vaccine Safety in the United States
Clinical Infectious Diseases February 12, 2019
Autism Occurrence by MMR Vaccine Status Among US Children With Older Siblings With and Without Autism
JAMA. 2015;313(15):1534-1540. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.3077
Early Exposure to the Combined Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine and Thimerosal-containing Vaccines and Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder
Vaccine, January 3, 2015, Vol. pii: S0264-410X(14)01689-2
Vaccine Message Framing and Parents' Intent to Immunize Their Infants for MMR
Pediatrics
, e-published August 18, 2014
Safety of Vaccines Used for Routine Immunization of US Children: A Systematic Review
Pediatrics, e-published July 1, 2014
Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Vaccination Has No Effect on Cognitive Development in Children−The Results of the Polish Prospective Cohort Study
Vaccine, May 24, 2013, Vol. 31(22):2551-7
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This is an archived site and is no longer maintained. It is of historical interest and is full of excellent information on autism research, as well as investigations into dangerous treatments for autism.
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