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In 8 of these 12 children, behavioral regression was linked to the MMR vaccination "either by the parents or by the child's physician." In these eight children, the paper reported that behavioral symptoms occurred very soon after vaccination, roughly 6 days on average.

For many people, the recommendation of their pediatrician is enough.

However, I don't think that view is charitable.

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These two claims were originally based on the study of 12 children who displayed both behavioral regression (for example, loss of language skills) and intestinal problems.

But first, I want to begin with a discussion of evidence.

Given these findings, especially the short time between the MMR vaccination and the claimed onset of behavioral symptoms, the suggestion that the MMR vaccination may have had something to do with regressive autism does not appear unreasonable.

With that said, let's consider the question of whether the MMR vaccine causes autism.

MYTH: People with ASD do not feel or like to socialize.

I want to hear the actual arguments on both sides and weigh them to the best of my abilities. Although the evidence can and should include the testimony of people who are deemed to be experts in that field, 'expert opinion' cannot be the only evidence presented.

MYTH: ASD gives people savant or genius abilities.

In the same way, we could not fairly evaluate the safety of vaccines if we insisted that all pro-vaccine information was merely propaganda from Big Pharma.

MYTH: Children with autism cannot become independent adults.

We may conclude after the fact that certain sources are biased, but making this assumption in advance renders it impossible to ever investigate the claims by various organizations.

I will examine the original paper that prompted that claim along with later research.

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MYTH: There is an autism epidemic.

However, today more and more the question of whether vaccines are safe arises within the public. Moreover, there even those who link the appearance of autism in the child with the vaccination he/she had received earlier. This issue is very divisive and the consensus on this notion has not been reached yet. In my paper I would, first of all, define the concept of autism. Upon that I will present facts that speak for and against the links between vaccination (particularly measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine) and autism. In the conclusion I will analyze the discussed points and propose my personal opinion on the notion.

Where would I look to find out whether the MMR vaccine is safe or unsafe?

MYTH: Only boys can have autism.

If I insisted that all anti-vaccine websites or newsletters or publications were dishonest and were only in it for the money, then it would be impossible for me to fairly evaluate the information they presented.