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Issue Number 207            November 10, 2000

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"60 MINUTES" TO AIR PROGRAM EXPLORING ALLEGATIONS OF A LINK BETWEEN MMR VACCINE AND AUTISM

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On November 12, 2000, CBS's "60 Minutes" will explore allegations of a connection between autism and the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (MMR). The segment is scheduled to include interviews with immunization experts Dr. Samuel Katz and Dr. David Salisbury, as well as parents who believe their children contracted autism from the MMR vaccine.

Because this program is likely to increase questions about vaccine safety, here are links that provide credible information about this issue.

CDC offers an online Vaccines and Autism Resource Kit on its web page "CDC: Vaccines and Autism." Visit:
http://www.cdc.gov/nip/vacsafe/concerns/autism/
The resource kit includes several sets of questions and answers, among otherarticles.
For "Vaccines and Autism," go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/nip/vacsafe/concerns/autism/vaccines&autism.htm
For "MMR Vaccine and Autism," go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/nip/vacsafe/concerns/autism/autism-mmr.htm
For "Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Vaccines," go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/nip/vacsafe/concerns/autism/ibd.htm

Other important information available online includes the following:

"No Evidence for Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Vaccine-Associated Inflammatory Bowel Disease or Autism in a 14-Year Prospective Study" (The Lancet, vol. 351: May 2, 1998). Visit:
http://www.vaccinesafety.edu/mmrandibd.htm

"Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism" (American Medical Association). Visit:
http://www.ama-assn.org/med-sci/immunize/vacautism.htm

"Vaccines Are Safe and Effective: Evidence Confirms No Link Between Autism and Vaccines" (American Academy of Pediatrics). A press release from April 6, 2000. Visit:
http://www.aap.org/advocacy/washing/aprvaccine.htm

"No New Evidence of a Link Between MMR And Autism" (Medical Research Council, United Kingdom). Visit:
http://www.mrc.ac.uk/whats_new/press_releases/PR_2000/mrc_18_00.html

"Report of the Strategy Development Group Subgroup on Research into Inflammatory Bowel Disorders and Autism" (Medical Research Council, United Kingdom). Visit:
http://www.mrc.ac.uk/Autism_report.html (link discontinued)

Autism and Vaccine Research (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development). Visit:
http://www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/pubs/autism2.htm

"The ABCs of MMRs and DTPs: Is There an Association Between Vaccination and Autism?" (National Alliance for Autism Research, NAARRATIVE, Fall 1998). Visit: http://www.naar.org/naarative3/naarrative3.pdf or go to: http://www.naar.org and click on NAARRATIVE to access the article.

"Does the MMR Vaccine Cause Autism?" (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia)
http://www.vaccine.chop.edu/concerns.shtml#question7

Congressional testimony before the House Committee on Government Reform

Dr. Brent Taylor, Professor of Community Child Health, Royal Free and University College Medical School, University College London:
http://www.house.gov/reform/hearings/healthcare/00.06.04/taylor.htm

Sharon Humiston, MD, MPH, pediatrician, Rochester, NY:
http://www.house.gov/reform/hearings/healthcare/00.07.18/humiston.htm

Paul Offit, MD, Chief of Infectious Diseases, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia:
http://www.house.gov/reform/hearings/healthcare/00.06.04/offit.htm

 

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