Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD is a developmental disability that is caused by difference in how the brain functions. They may behave, communicate, learn and interact in a different way. Recent estimates show that 1 in 68 children have been identified with ASD in the United States and other countries around the world.
One of the earlier theories about autism was that Vaccines could be a cause. There were speculations about finding a link between vaccines and ASD. A study from a 1998 article shows a connection between MMR vaccines and autism in 12 children involved.
Some researchers from recent study found that vaccines had no effect on the risk of autism.
Today most researchers agree with some dozen studies that have now shown that the age of onset of ASD does not differ between vaccinated and unvaccinated children. Also the severity or course of ASD does not differ between vaccinated and unvaccinated children, and now the risk of ASD recurrence in families does not differ between vaccinated and unvaccinated children.
Autism causes remain a mystery, but cases are increasing.
More recent research provides evidence that autism develops in uterus, well before a baby is born or receives vaccinations. Researchers have found a connection between older fathers and an increased risk of autism in their children.
Or the increase could be due to more awareness of autism. Theories have centered on the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine while the other involves vaccines containing the chemical preservative thimerosal, which contains a form of mercury that has been suspected of causing autism and has recently been removed from most vaccines.
The large number of vaccines currently administered, that could overwhelm or weakens the immune system and creates an interaction with the nervous system that triggers autism in a susceptible host.
But both epidemiological and biological studies fail to support these claims.
Even though child vaccination rates remain high, some parents persist that vaccines may cause autism. This is because some parents have noticed changes in their children shortly after vaccination. Their children seemed to be developing normally, then suddenly stopped interacting with people and lost language abilities.
So how do we know the truth?
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