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(Do) Vaccines Cause Autism! (?)

The rumor that the vaccines causes autism has been confusing everyone for a while now. We have prepared a special article for parents who are even afraid to think of autism and vaccination related:


What is measles?

  • Measles is an infectious disease that manifests itself in red rashes.
  • It is transmitted by breathing.
  • Incubation period is an average of 12 days.
  • Pneumonia, brain inflammation, diarrhea or blindness can result in infected children. The rate of this is 35%.
  • 1 in 20 children who are infected die. Unfortunately this is a very high rate.
  • In the survivors, Central Nervous System Chronic Encephalitis (SSPE) may develop after 8-9 years.
  • The risk of SSPE increases according to the early age of measles.


What is Mumps?

  • Mumps disease manifests itself with symptoms such as swelling in the salivary and lymph nodes, weakness, loss of appetite, muscle pain.
  • Mumps is also transmitted by breathing.
  • Mortality rate is one in ten thousand.
  • It can cause serious side complications.
  • These are meningitis, brain inflammation, hearing loss, pancreatic inflammation, ovarian inflammation.
  • If it is transmitted to the mother in the first trimester of pregnancy, it causes miscarriage in 9 out of 10 pregnancies.
  • In adolescence and in case of contamination, it can lead to testicular inflammation and infertility in one of 5 men.


What is Rubella?

  • Rubella also manifests itself with red rashes like measles.
  • The incubation period is 14 days and as with all, it is transmitted again by breathing during and after this period.
  • If a mother gets rubella during pregnancy, it causes serious health problems in the newborn.
  • Babies exposed to rubella virus during pregnancy are born with congenital rubella syndrome.
  • The number of babies born with congenital rubella is recorded as 100 thousand or more per year. This is a very serious number.
  • The reason for this was determined as it was more difficult for mothers to access the vaccine in the years corresponding to childhood.
  • Babies born with congenital rubella have severe mental problems, severe brain damage, cataracts, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, severe heart damage, and damage to other organs.

MMR Vaccine

MMR vaccine, attenuated virus vaccine. It is made to prevent diseases of measles, mumps and rubella. It is applied twice. The first vaccine is given at the 12th month, and the second is when your child starts primary school.

Do the vaccines cause autism?

The issue that vaccines cause autism does not go beyond an urban legend. As you can read from this article series, autism spectrum disorder is not a single disorder. Each child is located in a different part of the spectrum, and the cause of autism is also different. The research on autism and vaccination was published in 1998, a data that was changed in 2010 and proved to be fake. It is also known as the Lancet report. [1]

Research on Vaccination and Autism: The Lancet Report

The study published in 1998 that the MMR vaccine caused autism, which is also known as the Lancet report, was a study conducted to “prove” that the vaccine caused autism and was supported by the lawyers of families who wanted to prove that the vaccine related to autism. In this way, it was aimed to obtain profit by opening compensation cases to vaccination companies. [2]

The Lancet report and facts;

  • The research was conducted on only 12 children. In the study, it was stated that while these children had no developmental retardation, developmental retardation was observed after vaccination. However, it was revealed that 5 of the 12 children who participated in the study were diagnosed with developmental retardation before the study.
  • It was stated in the report that 9 families were asked if there was autism after vaccination and 3 out of 9 families stated that their child was autism after vaccination. In reality, only 1 in 12 children had symptoms of autism.
  • In the study, it was stated that 9 children had non-specific colitis. In fact, it was revealed that the colonic histopathology results of children were recorded as “ordinary colonic histopathology”.
  • In the study, it is stated that 8 families stated that they had problems after vaccination. Hospital records show that 11 families stated that they had problems after vaccination. But three of the families said that they had problems months later. This result has been changed as this does not cover the two weeks immediately after vaccination as Wakefield planned. [3]

After the research;

    • The British National Autistic Society (NAS) stated that Wakefield endangers not only families with children with autism, but the entire society. [4]
    • The World Health Organization (WHO) has published an article stating that vaccines do not cause autism, but not being vaccinated endangers all children. [5]
    • Apart from other researches in the world; The American Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has conducted 9 other studies. These researches to eliminate the question marks about vaccination and autism are on timrosal, a mercury-based preservative found in vaccines. These studies have proved that neither vaccines nor the substances they contain are related to autism. Between 1991-2001, timely vaccines were used for precautionary purposes. As a result of researches, it has been proved that timerosal is not harmful to health, it is present as a preservative in flu vaccines. Nevertheless, due to the never-ending discussions of vaccination-autism and the health of children are more important, the versions with and without timerosal vaccines are still produced and left to families to choose. [6]
    • Andrew Wakefield, the doctor who conducted the research, took blood from children, without informing their families, saying, “If you give me blood, I will give you £ 5 each.” Apart from this investigation and taking blood from children unethically, he was found guilty of 30 different charges. He was banned from being a doctor and he was forbidden to be a doctor in England. [7]

Reason for Vaccine Contrast: Mercury

In studies conducted by the World Health Organization for more than 10 years, there is no conclusion that thimesoral poses any health threats. Mercury-based thimerosal, used in some vaccines, is produced from ethyl mercury and is easily excreted by the body. The harmful thing is methyl mercury. This is a detail that requires enough knowledge of chemistry to know that methyl alcohol should not be drunk, that methyl alcohol will blind in the state of drinking and that ethyl alcohol is drinkable. In the case of heavy metal accumulation and intestinal flora defect in some individuals with autism, mercury detected in the intestine is methyl mercury, which is toxic, not ethyl mercury in some vaccines. The source of misunderstandings on this subject is based on the chemistry knowledge of the interpreters. [8]

Is it enough to have a person vaccinated?

No. The vaccination issue is a social issue. In order for vaccines to be effective, each individual must be vaccinated.

If we consider the MMR vaccine, one dose of the vaccine provides 93% protection against measles, 78% protection against mumps and 97% protection against rubella. With the second dose, the vaccine becomes 97% protective against measles, 88% against mumps and 97% against rubella. So if your child has been vaccinated but his classmate has not been vaccinated, there is still a risk of developing these diseases, even at 3% (CDC). [9] Those who oppose the vaccine and those who exercise their right not to get vaccinated should also consider this.

Please do not bring back these diseases that we hope to be erased from the world like polio, and that scientists work day and night, because of conspiracy theories and wrong information.


[1] MMR vaccination and autism; Andrew J Wakefield

[2], [3] Report says 1998 vaccine-autism study was fraud, Robert Roos

[4] Our position – MMR vaccine, National Autistic Society


[6] Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism, CDC

[7] British Medical Council Bars Doctor Who Linked Vaccine With Autism, NY Times

[8] Thiomersal – questions and answers

[9] Vaccine for Measles, CDC

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