A Danish study has found a higher rate of autism among unvaccinated kids than those who had been inoculated for measles, mumps and rubella.
“Parents should not skip the vaccine out of fear for autism,” said lead study author Dr. Anders Hviid of the Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen to Reuters via email. “The dangers of not vaccinating includes a resurgence in measles which we are seeing signs of today in the form of outbreaks.”
Such an outbreak has been reported in Washington State, where nearly half of the nation’s cases logged through last Thursday have occurred. As of Feb. 28, 206 cases of measles had been confirmed in 11 states this year through last Thursday, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Of those, 68 are in Washington State.
Besides Washington, measles outbreaks – defined as three or more cases at a time – are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, Oregon and Texas. Some of the Oregon cases are related to the Washington State ones.