Do children who become autistic consult more often after MMR vaccination?

S. DeWilde, I. M. Carey, N. Richards, S. R. Hilton, D. G. Cook

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Abstract

A close temporal association has been reported between the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination and dramatic behavioural decline in children subsequently diagnosed as autistic. We hypothesised that such a decline would be reflected in increased consultations with the child's general practitioner. The Doctor's Independent Network database was used to examine whether children subsequently diagnosed as autistic consulted more frequently than controls after MMR vaccination. No difference in consulting behaviour was seen in the six months post MMR. Any dramatic effect of MMR on behaviour seems unlikely.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-227
Number of pages2
JournalBritish Journal of General Practice
Volume51
Issue number464
Publication statusPublished - 2001

Keywords

  • Autism
  • Consultation behaviour
  • MMR vaccine

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    DeWilde, S., Carey, I. M., Richards, N., Hilton, S. R., & Cook, D. G. (2001). Do children who become autistic consult more often after MMR vaccination? British Journal of General Practice, 51(464), 226-227.