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MMR vaccine is not linked with autism, says Danish study

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 16 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1134
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    A Danish study of more than half a million children showed no link between measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination and autism.

    In a commentary accompanying the study, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine (2002;347:1477-82), Dr Edward Campion, senior deputy editor, wrote, “This careful and convincing study shows that there is no association between autism and MMR vaccination.”

    Lead author Dr Kreesten Meldgaard Madsen, an epidemiologist and expert on infectious diseases at the Danish Epidemiology Science Centre in Aarhus, told the BMJ that the study showed that the risk of autism was similar in children who were vaccinated and children who …

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