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Keywords:

  • ASD;
  • autism;
  • immunization;
  • MMR;
  • measles;
  • thimerosal;
  • vaccine

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.