If you’ve been worried about the connection between the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine and autism, you can breathe a sigh of relief now.
According to studies, side effects or complications caused by vaccines are extremely rare.
The 1998 and 2002 papers by Andrew Wakefield and his colleagues had insinuated that the MMR vaccine causes certain effects resulting in the development of autism, but this hypothesis was eventually greatly critiqued and debunked. (aap.org)
Recently, there was an outbreak of measles and whooping cough around the world, particularly in the U.S. and in Europe, which was greatly attributed to parents’ hesitation to get their children vaccinated, much to medical experts’ dismay.
Said study co-author Courtney Gidengil to Agence France-Presse, “We think this adds to the body of evidence that the benefits really do seem to clearly outweigh the low risk of serious side effects from vaccines.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report in April 2014 that states how vaccines administered to babies and young children over the past 20 years will actually prevent “322 million illnesses, 21 million hospitalizations and 732,000 deaths over the course of their lifetimes”.