Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles medical school have determined that children who have recovered from measles as children may suffer from a fatal incurable complication years later.
Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) remains dormant in the brain and once reawakened, it can lead to seizures, coma, and death. The complication affects 1 in 600 people who suffered from measles as children.
Fears that the MMR vaccine causes autism despite many medical studies proving the MMR vaccine does not cause autism has resulted in nearly 9 million children in the U.S. not being fully vaccinated against measles. This leaves them at risk of contracting measles, and of possibly suffering from SSPE several years later.
In spite of several studies conducted by respected and reputable medical researchers and scientists proving that vaccines do not cause autism, 1 in 5 millennials between the ages of 18 and 29 believe that vaccines cause autism.
The hypothesis put forward by Andrew Wakefield in his discredited study involving 12 children has been debunked, and even Andrew Wakefield admits that it was nothing more than a hypothesis he put forth.
It should be noted that at the time his hypothesis was put forth in 1998 as study findings, Andrew Wakefield had just patented his own measles vaccine. The findings from the Wakefield study was retracted in 2010.
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Of the nine who contracted measles, six were not vaccinated against the disease, including two who were too young to be vaccinated.
Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the state’s Department of Public Health, reiterated that the best way to prevent measles (which is highly contagious) and its spread is to get vaccinated.
There are those for whom the measles vaccine is contraindicated — usually children with low immunity and compromised immunity systems.
Contrary to what some advocates and parents claim, reputable studies have proven repeatedly that the MMR vaccine does not cause autism.