Trump Wrong about Vaccines and Autism

news_views_icon“Dear Donald Trump: Vaccines Don’t Cause Autism,” by Center for Accountability in Science.shot2
Donald Trump has soared to the top of polls for the Republican nomination for president, and many have said it was because he makes bold statements and “speaks truth” to voters. But during last night’s presidential debate, Trump used his high-profile position to repeat one of the most dangerous health myths floating around the internet: that vaccines cause autism. The study behind this myth has been widely discredited and retracted. Dozens of subsequent studies have examined the vaccine and autism link and concluded there is no link. Earlier this year, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association observed more than 95,000 children and found that the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine does not increase the risk of autism. You can learn more facts about vaccinations with our primer, “5 Things to Know About Vaccinations” here.

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