MMR Protects Against Autism!
A study from Japan confirms that autism and the MMR vaccine are not linked. This clever study took a novel approach by studying rates of autism after MMR (this stands for measles, mumps and rubella, btw) was WITHDRAWN from Japan in 1993. Autism rates actually doubled after MMR was withdrawn.
This confirms multiple others studies showing no link between MMR and autism.
Why? Autism cases have actually increased everywhere over the last 20 years as doctors became more adept at making the diagnosis. MMR is often blamed because the first dose is given around the time kids start speaking. Since delay or loss of speech is a clue for autism, it is often suspected or diagnosed around the time of first MMR vaccination.
I have seen several kids in whom the parents were absolutely convinced the kid started regressing after MMR and were 100% sure it was to blame. Of course, that is how they remember things, not necessarily how they actually happened (and the recollection could be accurate but MMR just a coincidence)
Anyway, I hope this puts the nail in the coffin that MMR somehow causes autism.