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Claims that vaccines cause autism have led some parents to delay or refuse vaccines for their children. The most common claims are that autism is caused by MMR vaccine, vaccines that contain thimerosal, or too many vaccines. Many studies have been done to test these claims. None has shown that vaccines cause autism.
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Immunization Action Coalition (IAC)
Immunization Action Coalition (IAC)
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Handouts for Parents
IAC's collection of handouts for staff and patients
Evidence Shows Vaccines Unrelated to Autism
Evidence shows vaccines unrelated to autism
Clear Answers & Smart Advice About Your Baby's Shots
Clear answers & smart advice about your baby's shots
MMR Vaccine Does Not Cause Autism: Examine the evidence
MMR vaccine does not cause autism: examine the evidence
 
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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Click this arrow to watch A Practical Guide to Improving Adult Vaccination Rates in Your Practice
Ask the Experts: Vaccine Safety
CDC's experts answer challenging questions about vaccines
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VISs explain both the benefits and risks of a vaccine
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Real-life accounts of suffering and loss
IAC's website for the public - vaccineinformation.org
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)
CDC: Provider Resources for Vaccine Conversations with Parents
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 CDC'S autism spectrum disorder website
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Basics, treatments, research, diagnosis, data, free materials, and articles
Vaccine Education Center (VEC)
Vaccine Education Center (VEC)
Click this arrow to view VEC's Do Vaccines Cause Autism?
Vaccines and Autism
Examination of the "Wakefield studies," studies showing that MMR vaccine does not cause autism, as well as other causes of autism; includes references
Click this arrow to view VEC's Vaccines and Autism: What you should know
Vaccines and Autism: What you should know
Deals with three main concerns: the MMR vaccine, thimerosal, and the idea that babies receive too many vaccines too soon
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)
AAP's Immunization Website
Click this arrow to view AAP's vaccine studies: examine the evidence
Vaccine Studies: Examine the Evidence
List and links to articles that reject link between vaccines and autism
Click this arrow to view AAP's facts for parents about autism and vaccine safety
Vaccine Safety: The Facts
Information to help parents and caregivers better understand the issues
Click this arrow to view AAP's children's health issues: autism
Children's Health Issues: Autism
Information for parents
Institute of Medicine (IOM)
Institute of Medicine (IOM)
The Institute of Medicine 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, the 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
Autism Science Foundation
Autism Science Foundation
Click this arrow to visit the Autism Science Foundation website
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 and the needs of individuals and families affected by autism
Click this arrow to view the Autism Science Foundation's Autism and Vaccines websection
Autism and Vaccines
What parents need to know about this outdated hypothesis, includes supporting evidence and references
Making the Case for Vaccines
Making the CASE for Vaccines
Use this material for guidance about how to talk to parents about vaccines
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     ITEM OF INTEREST
Vaccines and Autism: A Summary of CDC Studies
Science Summary: CDC Studies on Thimerosal in Vaccines
Summary of CDC studies published from 2002-present
 
      VIDEOS
Video: Healthcare Triage: Vaccines and Autism
Healthcare Triage: Vaccines and Autism
Watch this excellent video about the lack of evidence for an association between vaccines and autism from Healthcare Triage, a blog and video series about healthcare issues hosted by pediatrician and health policy expert Dr. Aaron Carroll, The Incidental Economist.
Video: Addressing Vaccine Hesitant Parents
Addressing Vaccine-Hesitant Parents
This set of role-playing videos, available for viewing either as one video or a series of clips, include an introduction and commentary by infectious disease expert Dr. Mark Sawyer.
Video: Healthcare Triage: Vaccines and Autism
Vaccines and Autism
In these brief video clips, Dr. Mark Sawyer, Dr. Paul Offit, Mary-Beth Petraco, and Alison Singer answer common questions about autism and vaccines.
Videos & PSAs
more videos for parents
Videos & PSAs
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
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Left Brain/Right Brain
Autism news, science, and opinions
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This page was updated on January 25, 2017.
This page was reviewed on January 21, 2017.
 
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