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Scottish expert group finds no link between MMR and autism

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 11 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1118
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

    An expert group's review of the use of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine in Scotland has concluded that it is the best method of protecting children against these diseases.

    The group also rejected the use of single vaccines, after finding that they have no safety advantages and are likely to be less effective in immunising children.

    Uptake of the MMR vaccine fell throughout the United Kingdom after unconfirmed reports of a link between the vaccine and cases of autism and inflammatory bowel disease. Some 3000 parents who believe that their children were damaged by MMR are pursuing legal action against …

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