Investigators looked at 138 studies involving more than 23 million children. Among their findings: MMR vaccines did not cause encephalitis, inflammatory bowel disease, cognitive delay or any other suspected harm.
Researchers report that exposing people to the pain and suffering caused by vaccine-preventable diseases helps a significant proportion of vaccine-hesitant people become pro-vaccine.
Unlike most of the other counties identified in the analysis, Hennepin County — indeed all of Minnesota — has not had a single reported case of the measles this year.
This year, measles cases have been identified in 22 states. Minnesota, fortunately, is not among them.
Measles can lead to severe complications, including pneumonia and encephalitis (swelling of the brain), and even death.
As the senior director of infection control at Children’s Minnesota, Stinchfield is at the center of efforts to control the epidemic’s spread.
The simple fact is the odds of autism in vaccinated or unvaccinated children is the same and there is no correlation between MMR and autism.