Autism and immunizations
On Tuesday, April 23, 2002, the National Network for Immunization Information (NNii) posted an article with the headline "Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee Rejects Causal Relationship between Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine and Autism Spectrum Disorder". Please check the attached links or go to the NNii website for further information.
NNii (National Network for Immunization Information), the American Academy of Pediatrics and other partner organizations are monitoring the situation. As new developments arise, we will continue to keep you informed. In the meantime, the following resources may prove helpful in responding to questions from parents or the media:
1. What Everyone Should Know About the Alleged Link Between Vaccines and Autism http://www.immunizationinfo.org/features/featurearchivedetail.cfm?id=9
2. Important Facts for Parents to Know about the MMR Vaccine http://www.immunizationinfo.org/PDFs/2_MMR.pdf
3. Science Finds No Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism http://www.immunizationinfo.org/features/featurearchivedetail.cfm?id=8
4. Should My Child Receive the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Vaccines Individually Rather Than as a Combination?
5. Time Trends in Autism and in MMR Immunization Coverage in California http://www.immunizationinfo.org/newsbriefs/newsbriefDetail.cfm?id=346
6. Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee Rejects Causal Relationship Between Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine and Autism Spectrum Disorder http://www.immunizationinfo.org/features/featurearchivedetail.cfm?id=26
7. Medical Research Council Review Sets Research Agenda for Autism http://www.immunizationinfo.org/newsbriefs/newsbriefDetail.cfm?id=6786
8. Mercury in Vaccines: What We Know http://www.immunizationinfo.org/features/featurearchivedetail.cfm?id=34
9. IOM Safety Committee Releases Report on Thimerosal-Containing Vaccines and Neurodevelopmental Disorders http://www.immunizationinfo.org/newsbriefs/newsbriefDetail.cfm?id=6349
American Academy of Pediatrics http://www.aap.org
1. MMR and Autism Resources (includes patient hand-outs, a report of a June 2000 conference on MMR and Autistic Spectrum Disorder, and other materials) http://www.cispimmunize.org/fam/mmr/a_main.html
2. Childhood Immunization Support Program http://www.cispimmunize.org/fam/mmr/a_main.html
Institute of Medicine http://www.iom.edu
1. Immunization Safety Review: MMR and Autism (4 page summary)
2. IOM Frequently Asked Questions on MMR and Autism (2 page summary):
3. Immunization Safety Review: Thimerosal-Containing Vaccines and Neurodevelopmental Disorders http://www.iom.edu/IOM/IOMHome.nsf/Pages/ISR+thimerosal
CDC National Immunization Program http://www.cdc.gov/nip
1. Vaccines and Autism Theory (with links to many documents)
2. Mercury and Vaccines (Thimerosal) (with links to many documents)
Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia http://www.vaccine.chop.edu
1. Common Concerns about Vaccines http://vaccine.chop.edu/concerns.shtml
2. Autistic Disorder http://www.chop.edu/consumer/your_child/condition_section_index.jsp?id=-9598
4. Thimerosal and Vaccines http://vaccine.chop.edu/news.shtml#thimerosal
We hope you find this information helpful. The NNii welcomes your input and would like to hear your suggestions on other ways in which they can assist you. Should you need additional information or wish to offer suggestions, please contact NNii at (877) 341-6644.
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