MMR - autism link rubbished by study
Claims that the mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) vaccine causes autism have been rubbished by a new study that reveals autism to be as common among adults as it is in children.
The report, from the NHS Information Centre, looks at autistic spectrum disorders (ASD), including autism and Asperger's syndrome.
Researchers found that one per cent of the adult population had ASD, the same percentage as children tested in a previous study.
The study found no evidence that rates of autism are on the rise and, therefore, showed no link between MMR and autism as people in their early 20s or younger would be expected to have higher rates of autism.
The MMR vaccine was introduced in 1988 and since then the number of children who catch mumps, measles and rubella has fallen to an all-time low, the NHS states.
The first MMR vaccination is given to children at around 13 months, with a booster dose given before they start school.
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