A major Danish study has affirmed there is no link between autism and the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine.
Rabat- Danish researchers have again confirmed that there is no link between the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR) and autism, among a rising anti-vaccination movement and global measles outbreaks.
In 1998, English gastroenterologist Andrew Wakefield published a study linking vaccines and autism. He studied just 12 children before reaching his conclusion. The paper has since been found to be fraudulent and he was disbarred from practicing medicine, but the damage of the paper was done.
In recent years, the anti-vaccination movement has become more and more mainstream globally, with many citing the supposed risk of autism as a reason for not vaccinating their children.
The Danish study, published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine journal, tracked all children born in Denmark to Danish mothers from 1999-2010, a group of well over 650,000 children. The study concluded that the MMR vaccine does not increase the risk of autism, even in the most high-risk children.
Experts hope that the study will help quash the anti-vaccination movement, which has damaged global health. The World Health Organization listed “vaccine hesitancy” in its top 10 threats to global health for 2019, noting that some countries which had almost eradicated measles have seen a resurgence. The UN reported that measles cases worldwide had soared nearly 50 percent in 2018, killing around 136,000 people.
Fortunately, the anti-vaccine movement did not take off in Morocco. The Moroccan Minister of Health Anas Doukkali announced in February 2018 that Morocco had achieved 95 percent vaccine coverage, while the global average was 87 percent.
In 1987, the government implemented the national immunization program, which is to thank for huge progress in the health sector and led to the eradication of major communicable diseases, including polio, malaria, trachoma, and schistosomiasis in Morocco.