Major domestic and British newspapers, wire sources, and Internet medical outlets cover a study demonstrating no association between the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism, not even in children at high risk for autism.
The Wall Street Journal (4/22, Whalen, Subscription Publication) reports that a study published April 21 in the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals no association between the MMR vaccine and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children.
The Los Angeles Times (4/22, Healy) “Science Now” blog reports that the “study of nearly 100,000 children found that toddlers known to have an elevated risk of autism were no more likely to be diagnosed with the disorder if they” received the MMR vaccine than if they did not. In addition, “the diagnosis rate for high-risk children who were vaccinated was the same as for immunized children with no family history of the disorder.” By failing to find any association “between the MMR vaccine and autism spectrum disorders…in children with an older sibling who had the disease, the study leaves no doubt that the two are not connected, experts said.”
— “Another Study Shows No Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism,”Jaenne Whalen, The Wall Street Journal, April 21, 2015.