Monday, March 26, 2018

Despite No Link With Autism, Vaccine Rates Lag For Kids With ASD

After children are diagnosed with autism, both they and their younger siblings are less likely to receive all recommended vaccinations, according to new research.
The findings published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics suggest that concerns linger among some parents about whether immunizations cause autism, despite previously debunked claims.
The study compared vaccination rates among children with a diagnosed autism spectrum disorder and those without, as well as rates among both groups’ younger siblings. For kids not on the spectrum, 94 percent had received all vaccines recommended between ages 4 and 6. But for children with autism, only 82 percent had received all their shots.