The fear that vaccines cause autism is not supported by any evidence, concludes a panel of experts convened by the Institute of Medicine.
The Institute of Medicine, a highly influential adviser of the government on scientific matters, said yesterday there is no credible evidence that either the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine or vaccines containing the preservative thimerosal cause autism.
. . . Especially convincing were a Danish study showing no difference in the rate of autism between children who got thimerosal-containing vaccines and those who did not and a British study showing no relationship between the introduction of MMR and autism rates, or between the timing of a vaccination and the onset of autism symptoms.
True believers in a vaccine-autism link are not convinced.
Anti-vaccine hysteria kills children, writes Glenn Reynolds on TCS.