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No Link Found Between Autism and Number of Vaccines


March 29, 2013
CBS News (Full Link Below)

A new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics on March 29 confirms that there is no association between autism and receiving many vaccines at an early age.

"The amount of antigens from vaccines received on one day of vaccination or in total during the first two years of life is not related to the development of autism spectrum disorder in children," author Frank DeStefano, director of the Immunization Safety Office of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told NPR.

About one-third of parents worry that vaccines cause autism, and 10 percent of parents refuse or delay vaccinations because they think it is safer than what the CDC recommends. One of the top issues is that some parents fear that their children are receiving too many vaccines on a single day and throughout the first two years of the child's life.

The maximum number of antigens -- the substances in vaccines that cause the body's immune system to produce antibodies to fight disease -- a child can be exposed to by the age of 2 in 2013 is 315. However, in the late 1990s, that number was in the thousands.

Autism and the autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are a group of developmental disorders that cause major social, communication and behavioral challenges. The CDC believes that one out of every 50 children has an ASD.

A previous study published in January 2013 by the Institute of Medicine confirmed that the 24 immunizations that children receive before the age of 2 are not only safe, but also help prevent illness, deaths and hospital stays. The vaccines are safe when they are taken on their own and in conjunction with each other. None of them were linked to autoimmune diseases, asthma, hypersensitivity, seizures, child developmental disorders, learning or developmental disorders or attention deficit or disruptive disorders.

See the full article here:  http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57576999/no-link-found-between-autism-and-number-of-vaccines/

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