"Over the last two decades, extensive research has asked whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism. The results of this research are clear: Vaccines do not cause autism. We urge that all children be fully vaccinated."Autism Speaks decided to release the statement in response to the recent rampant measles outbreak in the U.S., which has infected over 100 people across 14 states. Many parents opt out of vaccinations for fear that vaccinations may cause autism. The source of the erroneous belief was a fraudulent 1998 study which has since been universally debunked by the medical community. The study's founder was also stripped of his medical license. Despite the evidence to the contrary, the myth linking autism with vaccinations still persists. Misinformation continues to spread throughout various internet forums, and even celebrities such as Jenny McCarthy and Kristin Cavallari have bought into the urban legend. The medical community hopes that the proclamation from Autism Speaks will finally convince the public that there is no proof whatsoever linking autism to vaccinations.
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