Based on all available literature, evidence and current studies, vaccines do not cause autism or other developmental disabilities.
Vaccines prevent serious illness and save lives. Vaccinating children and young adults may be the single most important health-promoting intervention we perform as health care providers, and that you can perform as parents/caregivers. All children and young adults should receive ALL of the recommended vaccines according to the schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics. The recommended vaccination schedule is the direct result of decades of extensive scientific research, data collection and analysis by our brightest scientists and physicians.
The vaccine campaign is truly a victim of its own success. It is precisely because vaccines are so effective at preventing illness that we are even discussing whether or not they should be given. Many parents have never seen a child with polio, tetanus, whooping cough, bacterial meningitis, or even chickenpox. Moreover, they are unlikely to have ever known a friend or family member whose child died of one of these diseases. Such success can make us complacent or even uninformed about the importance of vaccinating. Such an attitude, if it becomes widespread, can only lead to tragic results.
Some children in our practice are too young to be immunized, or have other medical conditions that leave their immune systems weak. These children rely on the protection that is derived from their close contacts receiving their immunizations, also known as “herd immunity.” Parents who choose not to immunize or under-immunize their children not only put their own children at risk, but jeopardize the health of our most vulnerable patients. Recently we have been experiencing the consequences of parents not immunizing their children. We are witnessing outbreaks of measles and whooping cough, which are potentially deadly illnesses that were once nearly eradicated in the United States.