March 29, 2013

News Release

For Immediate Release

New Study: Vaccines Not Associated with Autism Risk

A new study published today in Journal of Pediatrics finds that exposure to vaccines is not associated with risk of autism. This study is the first of its kind to evaluate the issue of parental concerns over "too many vaccines too soon" and the development of autism.

The findings showed that the amount of antigens from vaccines received on one day of vaccination or in total during the first two years of life is not related to the development of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children. Antigens are substances in vaccines that cause the body's immune system to produce antibodies to fight disease.

Read the full news release from the Journal of Pediatrics.

"This study is the first of its kind, but it bolsters similar studies examining potential links between vaccines and autism," said Pam Bryant, Maternal Child Health Programs Administrator with the Springfield Greene-County Health Department. "Those studies also found no compelling or scientific link between the two. This news should give parents further assurance that immunization is safe, and is the best way to protect a child from life-threatening diseases."

Bryant, MA, RN, CPHA, is available to media to discuss this study and childhood immunizations in general. To schedule an interview this afternoon or sometime next week, contact: Mike Brothers, (417) 874-1205.

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