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FLASHBACK: When the MMR Autism Controversy Began

Do vaccines cause autism? It’s a well-known fact that autism rates have risen rapidly over the past 30 years. For children born in 1992, according to the CDC, about 1 in 150 would be diagnosed with some form of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). For children born in 2004, about 1 in 68 children would be diagnosed with ASD. Some have claimed that these spikes in this debilitating condition correlates with the an aggressive program of potent vaccinations for young children.

Can this link be proven? Both sides of this argument accuse the other of misinformation and fraud, but who is right and who is wrong? Back in 2000 is when this controversy began to boil. Still today, the debate is as hot as ever.

60 Minutes Australia reports…

It was hailed as a miracle vaccine and it has virtually eradicated measles, mumps and rubella. It is the triple antigen called MMR [Measles, Mumps, Rubella]. Since its introduction, MMR has protected millions of children from the ravages of those childhood diseases. But there is a worldwide controversy over a possible and tragic side effect – whether it causes autism in kids. What we do know is that every year the numbers being diagnosed as autistic are increasing. Now, one British researcher believes he has found a link to the MMR vaccine. Tara Brown investigates the claims, which have provoked uproar in the world of medicine.

The following short documentary episode originally aired on November 12, 2000. Watch:

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