Study confirms measles vaccination does not increase risk of autism

Study confirms measles vaccination does not increase risk of autism

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Another study recently released confirms the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine does not increase the risk of autism and does not trigger autism in children who are at risk.

The study looked at more than 650,000 children born in Denmark between 1999 and 2010.

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It found the vaccine did not increase the risk of autism in children who were not considered at risk for the disorder and did not trigger it in those who were.

More than 95 percent of the children received the vaccine.

Less than 1 percent of the children in the study were diagnosed with autism.

The World Health Organization has named vaccine hesitancy, or anti-vaxing, one of its top threats to global health for 2019. Now, more than 70 people are battling a measles outbreak in the Northwest.

Most are young children under age 10 who were not vaccinated.

There were two new suspected cases reported Sunday.

Channel 9 dug into the data and found a growing number of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools parents are not vaccinating their kids.

At one elementary school, 88 percent of kindergartners weren't up-to-date on their vaccinations.

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