New Study Shows Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism

If you're feeling a little nervous about getting your baby their MMR shot and aren't quite sure whether you should believe that there really is no link to autism from it, you should know that a study has recently been done that actually does show a link between MMR and autism in select individuals.

Dr. Vijendra K. Singh, Research Association Professor of Neuroimmunology for Utah State University's Department of Biology, has just published a report in the Journal of Biomedical Science showing that there is an association between the MMR vaccine and autism due to an immune system reaction.

In Dr. Singh's study they took samples of blood from 125 children that are autistic along with 92 blood samples of non-autistic children. 75 out of 125 of the children with autism had antibodies showing that there had indeed been an abnormal reaction when it came specifically to the measles portion of the MMR vaccine. Along with this, 9 out of 10 of these same children also tested positive for antibodies that are currently believed to contribute to autism. These antibodies are responsible for attacking the brain and the building blocks of myelin which is what covers nerve fibres. Because of this, the nerves don't develop in the right way and this could very well affect the brain.

Dr. Singh has done well over 20 years of work in the field of immunology research, and he said of his findings that, "Stemming from this evidence, we suggest that an inappropriate antibody response to MMR, specifically the measles component thereof, might be related to pathogenesis of autism."

If you're worried about the MMR vaccine, you might want to consider getting separate shots, such as a separate shot for measles itself rather than the whole MMR shot. However, there is a problem in some places as single shots for measles, mumps or rubella can be hard to come by as that would lead to fewer and fewer people getting the MMR vaccine. But with the latest news about possible (and probable) links between the vaccine and autism, it's worth remembering that there's no smoke without fire and there is probably a lot more that will come out in the distant future about this vaccine that today's medical professionals refuse to acknowledge.


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  • Facts 3/29/2013

    the world is waking up! only big pharma and controlled media still spread the lies that vaccines have nothing to do with autism...

  • John Bundock 12/6/2012

    Brian is correct. This article is not new. The problem with the Daily Mail site is that it always shows the current date. You need to put the title of the article into its search box to find out when it was published. This shows it was published in the newspaper on 9 August 2002.

  • The folks at The Basement Oasis 10/30/2012

    I agree with Brian. Also, he put mercury to rest and clearly states he is not anti vaccine.

  • Lily Anderson 10/2/2012

    Hi AnnaD, thanks for your comment. Here in the UK you can still get a single shot for measles, but you do have to search pretty hard for it!

  • AnnaD 10/1/2012

    There is no separate shots for the MMR. There hasn't been for quite a few years. The author needs to get their facts straight on that.

  • ilovegermanshepherds 10/1/2012

    Yea, the MMR has saved a few lives, but it has also COST lives due to reactions to the vaccine, regardless of whether it is a cause of autism or not.

    Measles, mumps and rubella are all BENIGN diseases, and the mortality rates for these diseases plummeted due to improvements in nutrition and sanitation well before there was a vaccine. Now we are at higher risk of cancer and autoimmune diseases because we DON'T get measles, mumps and rubella anymore. I'm not a fan of trading off a small risk for a big one.

  • Brian 10/1/2012

    First, the article cited here is not new, it was published in 2002.

    The study finds a correlation between people with autism and antibodies that mark an abnormal immune response to the vaccine. It's just as likely based on these results to conclude that autism causes the antibody response to the vaccine as the other way around. The author concludes this "might be" related to pathogenesis. Correlation does not mean causation.

    When you say "medical professionals refuse to acknowledge" A or B, you seem to come to a much firmer conclusion than the researcher. You, presumably, being a lay person, this raises a red flag. Hopefully we're not forgetting that MMR has undoubtedly saved lives.

  • R. Salley (Salley J Robins) 9/26/2012

    Thank you for sharing this.

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