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Autism Speaks Clarifies Its Policy on Vaccines

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Autism Speaks, a leading advocacy organization for autism, has updated its stance on vaccines, reports The Washington Post.

In a recent official statement, Chief Science Office Rob Ring said:

Over the last two decades, extensive research has asked whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism. The results of this research are clear: Vaccines do not cause autism. We urge that all children be fully vaccinated.

Until recently, the Autism Speaks statement allowed for the possibility of vaccines causing autism, according to Disability Scoop. The previous statement read:

Many studies have examined possible links between vaccination and increased prevalence of autism. This research has paid particular attention to the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, vaccines containing thimerosal and the total number of vaccines administered during early childhood or any one doctor's visit. These studies have not found a link between vaccines and autism.

It remains possible that, in rare cases, immunization may trigger the onset of autism symptoms in a child with an underlying medical or genetic condition.

Now, with a growing measles outbreak that has over 120 confirmed cases across 17 states, making sure kids (and adults) are vaccinated according to the updated CDC vaccine schedule is important. And Autism Speaks is advocating that vaccines be given to your child.

Sherry Huang is a Features Editor for Parents.com who covers baby-related content. She loves collecting children's picture books and has an undeniable love for cookies of all kinds. Her spirit animal would be Beyoncé Pad Thai. Follow her on Twitter @sherendipitea

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