Vaccines and autism: evidence does not support a causal association

Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2007 Dec;82(6):756-9. doi: 10.1038/sj.clpt.6100407. Epub 2007 Oct 10.


A suggested association between certain childhood vaccines and autism has been one of the most contentious vaccine safety controversies in recent years. Despite compelling scientific evidence against a causal association, many parents and parent advocacy groups continue to suspect that vaccines, particularly measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and thimerosal-containing vaccines (TCVs), can cause autism.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Autistic Disorder / chemically induced*
  • Autistic Disorder / epidemiology
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S.
  • Denmark / epidemiology
  • Epidemiologic Studies
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine / adverse effects*
  • Mercury Compounds / adverse effects*
  • Preservatives, Pharmaceutical / adverse effects*
  • Thimerosal / adverse effects*
  • United States / epidemiology
  • United States Food and Drug Administration


  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine
  • Mercury Compounds
  • Preservatives, Pharmaceutical
  • Thimerosal