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Commentary in Neurology
April 2010

Autism and Immunizations: Separating Fact From Fiction

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Division of Child Neurology, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus.

Arch Neurol. 2010;67(4):490-492. doi:10.1001/archneurol.2010.57

Recent outbreaks of nearly eradicated childhood diseases such as measles and pertussis in the developed world underscore a need to reexamine whether vaccinations promote neurodevelopmental disorders, specifically autistic spectrum disorders. The immunization rates in some developed countries have dropped to a staggering 80%, placing children and the rest of the population at risk for these potentially deadly diseases. Parents who fail to immunize their children often cite concern about mercury-induced autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders as the reason.