MMR Vaccine Not Linked to IBS, Autism

September 27, 2001

LONDON-Contradicting a previous report, a new study published in the September issue of Archives of Disease in Childhood shows receiving a childhood vaccine for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) does not increase the risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease (IBS) or autism.

Contrary to reports from a 1990s study from the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Study Group, the article argues there is no link between the vaccine and IBS.

David Elliman, MD, from St. George's Hospital, and Helen Bedford, MD, from the Institute of Child Health report no study has found evidence to support the association between the vaccine and autism, or IBS. The researchers took into account a new survey of children who received the vaccine and were followed for three years.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has also reported that there is no evidence to support the link between the vaccine and autism or IBS.

They concluded that physicians should not be hesitant in giving the vaccine because its efficacy has been proven.

Information from www.givenimaging.com, Reuters Health