Do vaccines cause autism?
Medical and legal authorities agree that no evidence exists that vaccines cause autism.
In 2004, the Institute of Medicine—a prestigious group of impartial experts who advise Congress on science issues—stated strongly that the evidence from five large epidemiological studies, three of which involved more than 100,000 children each, did not support a connection between autism and thimerosal-containing vaccines. Similarly, evidence from 14 large epidemiological studies showed no association between measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism. Since that time, even more studies have reinforced the conclusion that there is no evidence for a connection between vaccines and autism. In 2009, after extensive proceedings that generated 5,000 pages of transcript and included 939 medical articles, the federal court that administers the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program found the scientific evidence is “overwhelmingly contrary” to the theory that autism is linked to MMR vaccine, thimerosal, or a combination of the two. The World Health Organization, the European Medicines Agency, Health Canada, and other national and international health groups have all dismissed the possibility of a link between vaccines and autism.

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