At Nisonger Center we want to make sure that we always have the most up-to-date information on vaccines and autism to inform families about what we know. We have researched this topic thoroughly. There have been many studies looking for a connection between vaccines and autism, but the scientific evidence consistently shows there is no link between vaccines and autism. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Institutes of Health, and the Academies’ Health and Medicine Division all agree that vaccines do not cause autism. Vaccines are however, critical to maintaining health and wellbeing. They prevent diseases that cause real harm. Choosing not to vaccinate does not protect children from autism, but does leave them open to potentially life-threatening diseases.
To learn more about vaccines and autism please visit the following websites:
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention Vaccine Safety: Explains what Autism Spectrum Disorder is and the lack of links between vaccines and autism.
- Immunize.org: Shares scientific evidence that the MMR vaccine does not cause autism.
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention Vaccines and Preventable Disease: Provides details on the MMR vaccine including what it is, recommendations, and benefits of receiving the vaccine.
- Five Important Reasons to Vaccinate Your Child
- Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Parents Pack: Families and vaccines: Figuring it out when opinions differ, March 2019
- Video about vaccines
If you have questions about vaccinations or autism, we encourage you to talk to a healthcare professional.