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Japanese study is more evidence that MMR does not cause autism

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 10 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:558
  1. Andrew Cole
  1. London

A Japanese research study has provided the strongest proof yet that the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination does not cause autism, by showing that rates of autism in Japan continued to rise even after the triple vaccine was withdrawn.

However, concern remains that the low uptake of the MMR vaccination in the United Kingdom could precipitate a measles epidemic. The Health Protection Agency warns that 90 000 primary schoolchildren could be at risk in London.

The controversy over the vaccine was triggered by a 1998 research paper by …

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