Are vaccines to blame?
Though the debate over the role of vaccines as a cause of autism continues to rage, researchers have still not found a definitive link between the two. According to organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization, there’s just not enough evidence to support the contention that vaccines – specifically vaccines containing thimerosal – cause children to develop autism. One study published in the medical journal Lancet faulting the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) shot has since been questioned by its own authors. Many other studies have also failed to pass scientific muster.