Autism and Vaccination—The Current Evidence
Article first published online: 7 JUL 2009
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Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing
Volume 14, Issue 3, pages 166–172, July 2009
How to Cite
Miller, L. and Reynolds, J. (2009), Autism and Vaccination—The Current Evidence. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 14: 166–172. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6155.2009.00194.x
- Issue published online: 7 JUL 2009
- Article first published online: 7 JUL 2009
- First Received November 14, 2008; Revision received February 25, 2009; Accepted for publication March 16, 2009.
PURPOSE. The purpose of this article is to review relevant background literature regarding the evidence linking thimerosal-containing vaccine and the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine to autism.
CONCLUSIONS. Rigorous scientific studies have not identified links between autism and either thimerosal-containing vaccine or the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine.
PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS. Nurses are often in the position of providing advice regarding vaccines in their formal practice areas as well as in their daily lives. Families need current and credible evidence to make decisions for their children. Excellent vaccine information resources are available online.