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Comment & Response
October 2018

Factors Affecting Vaccination in Children and Their Siblings After Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Pediatrics, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, Huntsville Campus, Huntsville
JAMA Pediatr. 2018;172(10):984-985. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.2160

To the Editor The study by Zerbo et al1 examining vaccination patterns in children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their younger siblings revealed findings consistent with clinical practice. Although there is good evidence that vaccines do not cause ASD, many parents remain skeptical because medical authorities keep saying they do not know what causes it. What would be helpful in convincing parents that vaccines are not to blame is a model of what we do know about autism and how known risk factors fit that model while vaccines do not.