Autism is a disease that affects an individual
throughout their lifetime, starting during childhood. In fact, this
particular disease is usually evident by the time an individual is three years
old. It harms a person's ability to be socially independent and also to
interact with others in the same way as a child without autism. Not only
that, they can also cause some repetitive symptoms in the individual.
There are several things that cause autism, including hereditary means, some
chemicals and medicines that are known to cause birth defects and also the
possibility of childhood vaccinations.
Many people were concerned about the connection between
autism and MMR vaccine. The MMR vaccine is given to individuals during
childhood in order to vaccinate them against mumps, measles and rubella.
It is standard practice to give children this particular vaccine before they
enter school. During the late 90s, some concern was raised about the
possibility of the MMR vaccine actually causing autism in individuals.
Here is a little bit of information about what the government said along the
lines of that particular reasoning.
The first test that was done about autism and MMR
vaccine was completed in 1998. It was a very limited study that apparently
only involved about a dozen individuals. Not only did they say that the
MMR vaccine increased the possibility that a person would develop autism, it
also stated that it frequently caused bowel problems that led to the
autism. In some of the children, the autism appeared before the symptoms
of bowel disease. Additional studies that were run several years later
apparently did not have the same results.
So what is the verdict? According to the
government, there is no correlation between autism and MMR vaccine. They
are stating that it is much more important to be able to be vaccinated from
mumps, measles and rubella then the slight risk of autism being caused.
Each individual will have to come up with their own conclusion on the matter,
but as for now the MMR vaccine will continue to be given.