Do Vaccines Cause Autism?

  • Matthew Z. Dudley
  • Daniel A. Salmon
  • Neal A. Halsey
  • Walter A. Orenstein
  • Rupali J. Limaye
  • Sean T. O’Leary
  • Saad B. Omer


Vaccines do not cause autism. The Institute of Medicine (IOM), now called the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), concluded that the body of evidence favors rejection of a causal relationship between autism and MMR vaccine and thimerosal-containing vaccine. MMR vaccine also prevents rubella disease, thus preventing congenital rubella syndrome and its associated cases of autism.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthew Z. Dudley
    • 1
  • Daniel A. Salmon
    • 2
  • Neal A. Halsey
    • 3
  • Walter A. Orenstein
    • 4
  • Rupali J. Limaye
    • 5
  • Sean T. O’Leary
    • 6
  • Saad B. Omer
    • 7
  1. 1.Epidemiologist, Institute for Vaccine SafetyJohns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HealthBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Professor, Departments of International Health and Health, Behavior and SocietyDirector, Institute for Vaccine Safety, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HealthBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.Professor Emeritus, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Professor Emeritus, Department of PediatricsJohns Hopkins School of Medicine, Director Emeritus, Institute for Vaccine Safety, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HealthBaltimoreUSA
  4. 4.Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, Global Health, and EpidemiologyEmory University, Associate Director, Emory Vaccine Center, Director, Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (Emory-UGA CEIRS), Former President, National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID)AtlantaUSA
  5. 5.Associate Director for Behavioral Research, Institute for Vaccine SafetyJohns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HealthBaltimoreUSA
  6. 6.Associate Professor, Pediatrics-Infectious DiseasesUniversity of Colorado School of MedicineDenverUSA
  7. 7.William H. Foege Professor of Global Health, Professor of Epidemiology and PediatricsEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA

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