By Ian Bush
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The anti-vaccine movement got a shot in the arm in the late 90s, when a medical journal published a paper claiming the Measles Mumps Rubella inoculation caused autism. It was discredited, but some people remain unconvinced by the science.READ MORE: Wells Fargo Center Parking Lots Won't Accept Cash As Form Of Payment Starting This Weekend
Dozens of studies, hundreds of thousands of kids who did and didn’t get the shot — the finding, across the board?
“The MMR vaccine doesn’t increase your risk of autism — not at all,” Dr Paul Offit says. Offit is Professor of Pediatrics in the division of Infectious Disease at Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia.READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: Authorities In Montgomery County Give Update On Arrest Made After Body Found Near Schuylkill River Trail
He says look back to diabetes debate a century ago: “There were all these fanciful notions of cause and cure.”
Until: insulin. “And all that went away,” says Offit. “I don’t think any of this is going to go away until there’s a clear cause or causes for autism or cures.”
It’s dangerous, Offit says, to play politics with a medical matter. “The argument that they’re making is that it’s my right to have my child catch and potentially transmit what could be a fatal disease,” he says. “I think our civil liberties end certainly well before that.”MORE NEWS: Phillies, Temple Health Team Up To Get Students Vaccinated, Offer Rewards
At current infection rates, he says we could see measles deaths before the end of the year.