MMR vaccine and autism: an update of the scientific evidence

@article{Destefano2004MMRVA,
  title={MMR vaccine and autism: an update of the scientific evidence},
  author={Frank Destefano and William W. Thompson},
  journal={Expert Review of Vaccines},
  year={2004},
  volume={3},
  pages={19 - 22}
}
An hypothesis published in 1998 suggested that measles–mumps–rubella vaccine may cause autism as a result of persistent measles virus infection of the gastrointestinal tract. Results of early studies were not supportive and in 2001 a review by the Institute of Medicine concluded that the evidence favors the rejection of a causal relationship at the population level between measles–mumps–rubella vaccine and autistic spectrum disorder. Studies published since the Institue of Medicine report have… Expand
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