The much-maligned anti-vaccine movement is fueled, in good part, by parents’ suspicion that childhood vaccination causes autism.
The clinical term is Autism Spectrum Disorder: a developmental disability that ranges from mild disabilities of speech and language impairments, to serious developmental disabilities such as cerebral palsy and autism.
Indeed, the statistical data confirm that autism is on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- In 2000, 1 in 150 children were diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
- In 2012, the number of children with ASD increased to 1 in 68.
- ASD is about 4.5 times more common among boys (1 in 42) than among girls (1 in 189).
Now, a new study of 666 home-schooled children has confirmed that there is an association between childhood vaccination and autism.
The study is a survey (questionnaire) of 415 mothers who are members of home-school…
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