At the end of the 1990s, concerns about the safety of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and thimerosal-containing vaccines as possible causes of autism and other neuro-developmental disorders were raised. Various careful designed studies have been undertaken (particularly in Denmark, Finland, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States) to evaluate if there is any evidence for an association between MMR and thimero-sal-containing vaccines and neuro-developmental disorders, particularly autism. Recently, two major independent vaccine safety committees (the Immunization Safety Review Committee of the Institute of Medicine, US National Academy of Sciences; and the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety) examined the hypotheses. The main conclusions of the committees are as follows: the evidence favors rejection of a causal relationship between MMR vaccine and autism as well as a causal relationship between thimerosal-containing vaccines and neuro-developmental disorders including autism. However, in response to the controversy over the safety of thimerosal, various manufacturers developed thimerosal-free versions of vaccines, particularly childhood vaccines; they are now licensed in many countries worldwide [5, 7-12].

Understanding And Treating Autism

Understanding And Treating Autism

Whenever a doctor informs the parents that their child is suffering with Autism, the first & foremost question that is thrown over him is - How did it happen? How did my child get this disease? Well, there is no definite answer to what are the exact causes of Autism.

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