Parents want the best for their children. One concern raised by those holding off giving their children vaccines are if too many vaccines too soon might be bad for their child, in particular if several vaccines given together might increase the risk of their child suffering neurological damage.
A recent study addresses specifically this question.
Things that trigger an immune response are called antigens.
To compare how much “stuff” in vaccines you gave to different children, you want to compare the number of antigens you gave them.
Autism spectrum disorder is a neurological condition.
By comparing the number of vaccine antigens given to children with if they had autism or not, you can ask if the number of vaccine antigens affected the neurological condition of the children. (At least for autism.)
Autism spectrum disorders become apparent when the child is around 2-3 years old, so vaccines given up to two years of age where studied.
The researchers used data gathered during a previous study, using data from 256 children with ASD and 752 matched controls.
Two main different types of comparisons were made:
- The total number of antigens from vaccines given up to either of 3 months, 7 months or two years old
- The largest number of antigens given in any one day
They found that children that received different numbers of vaccine antigens all had the same chance of getting autism – the number of antigens the child received from their vaccines did not make a difference to the chance the child would develop autism.
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