The main controversy around the MMR vaccine seems to be that a group of Gastroenterologist in the UK, by request of a group of concerned parents, investigated a potential link between the combined vaccine and the development of autistic traits in their children. These highly respected doctors came to the conclusion that it was inconclusive and more research in the area needed to be pursued. The doctors recommended that those who wished to wait until more conclusive research were completed to proceed with caution opting for the separate available vaccinations over the combined 3 in 1.
Over a decade later, a journalist published a news article and filed a complaint with the British medical council, the media rushed with controversy, and an article which had stood as valid in an internationally recognised medical journal, for over a decade, was redacted. Then one of the 13 authors was used as a fall guy for the article and vilified for deigning to suggest more safety studied into the combined vaccine.
Since then, the media and general consensus has treated it as though: this article boldly declared to prove the MMR caused autism; that “the” author (with no mention of the co-authors) “started” the “anti-vaccine” movement, claiming he was a fraud and discredited as a medical professional; and finally that it has been categorically proven that there is no reason to question vaccine safety and that it has been proven time and time again that there is no link between autism and vaccines.
Unfortunately, this seems to be predominantly smoke and mirrors, attempting to discredit a widely respected professional – when the other authors are all able to continue practicing in the UK.
The research that claims to disprove any links to autism from vaccines, specifically the MMR, has been limited at best. The recent Dutch study, repeating a previous study, comparing children who have been fully vaccinated with the MMR with those who have been fully vaccinated without the MMR, showing that there was a statistically insignificant increase in diagnosis in those who had received it in addition to the rest of the vaccine schedule. A previous study had similar results with a small increase in tics in children who received a larger amount of thimerosal than those who did not.
These studies do not account for autistic traits being a known side of many of the known inflammatory neurological disorders listed under “undesirable effects” on the MMR vaccine inserts. These include but are not limited to: encephalopathy, encephalitis and Measles inclusion body encephalitis (MIBE), transverse myelitis, cerebellitis, ataxia and other conditions such as seizures which are commonly comorbid with autism. This is not considering the many other known adverse effects including anaphylaxis and atopy.
MMR Patient Information Leaflets:
Priorix – GSK MMR: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/1159/smpc
MMRVAXPRO – Merck MMR: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/6307