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MMR Vaccine

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 National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine. These reviews have concluded that the available epidemiologic evidence does not support a causal link between MMR vaccine and autism.
MMR Resources
Immunization Action Coalition (IAC)
Immunization Action Coalition (IAC)
Click this arrow to view IAC's parent handouts
Handouts for Parents
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
Evidence Shows Vaccines Unrelated to Autism
Evidence Shows Vaccines Unrelated to Autism
 
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
>> view all handouts for parents
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
Click this arrow to view IAC's collection of vaccine information statements
Vaccine Information Statements
VISs explain both the benefits and risks of a vaccine
Click this arrow to view IAC's collection of unprotected people reports
Unprotected People Reports
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 Vaccine Safety Basics: Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine
Vaccine Safety Basics: Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine
Provides summary of MMR vaccine safety research and links for additional information
Click this arrow for Vaccines and Autism: A Summary of CDC Conducted or Sponsored Studies
Vaccines and Autism: A Summary of CDC Studies
Fact sheet provides a summary of studies that were conducted by CDC or with CDC’s involvement
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 A Look at What Causes, and Doesn't Cause, Autism
A Look at What Causes, and Doesn't Cause, 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
Facts for Parents about Autism and Vaccine Safety
Information to help parents and caregivers better understand the issues
Click this arrow to access the podcast: Dr. Harvey Karp: Why Vaccines Are Not The Cause of Autism
Sound Advice Audio Interviews: Why Vaccines Are Not The Cause of Autism
Interview with Harvey Karp, MD, FAAP
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
More Resources
      FEATURED RESOURCE
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
 
      VIDEOS
Video: Video FAQs: Why Follow the Recommended Immunization Schedule
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.
>> view all
Video: Autism and the MMR Vaccine, Revisited
Autism and the MMR Vaccine, Revisited
Medscape Infectious Diseases: Offit on Vaccines (registration required)
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: 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.
Videos & PSAs
more videos for parents
Videos & PSAs
more videos for health care professionals
      POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS
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: Making the CASE for Vaccines
Making the CASE for Vaccines
Presentation describes 4-step framework to help healthcare professionals present the science about vaccine safety and autism
PowerPoint: A Photo Collection of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
A Photo Collection of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
Images and descriptions of 23 diseases
>> more PowerPoint presentations
      JOURNAL ARTICLES
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
>> accompanying video
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
>> more MMR-related journal articles
      BLOGS
Left Brain/Right Brain
Autism news, science, and opinions
vaccineinformation.org
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Vaccine Questions?
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• Email: nipinfo@cdc.gov
• Contact: Program Managers
 
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This page was updated on May 11, 2015
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