Claims that the MMR vaccine might cause inflammatory bowel disease or autism continue to haunt parents. I’m asked about the connection every week. The group that began the controversy, researchers from the Royal Free Hospital in London, have since done further research vindicating the MMR. But the fears continue.
Another team of researchers has completed an exhaustive review of all scientific studies of the MMR and its potential problems. The results are published in the September 2001 issue of the Archives of Disease in Childhood. The authors conclude, “While the final decision rests with the parents, the evidence of the safety and efficacy of MMR vaccine is so overwhelmingly conclusive that health professionals should have no hesitation recommending its use.”
I agree that the claims that MMR causes autism or IBD are now completely unjustified. And it is far safer to give our children the MMR vaccine than to leave them unprotected from these diseases.