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Do vaccines (such as MMR, Hepatitis, Tdap, Hib, Varicella) cause autism in my child?


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This highly controversial recommendation will be one of the most severely criticized recommendations that I will make. I understand and respect the criticism. However, years of data are robust. Vaccines in fact, do not cause autism. I’m sorry to disappoint those who are opposed to universal vaccinations. Unfortunately, symptoms of autism show up around the same time as some vaccine schedules are due, specifically MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and sometimes this gets confused with the vaccine actually causing the autism.


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Vaccines and Autism: A Misconception that Persists


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