[Autistic syndrome (Kanner) and vaccination against smallpox (author's transl)]

Klin Padiatr. 1976 Mar;188(2):172-80.
[Article in German]


3-4 weeks following an otherwise uncomplicated first vaccination against smallpox a boy, then aged 15 months and last seen at the age of 5 1/2 years, gradually developed a complete Kanner syndrome. The question whether vaccination and early infantile autism might be connected is being discussed. A causal relationship is considered extremely unlikely. But vaccination is recognized as having a starter function for the onset of autism.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Autistic Disorder / etiology*
  • Autistic Disorder / therapy
  • Child, Preschool
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Psychotherapy
  • Smallpox / prevention & control
  • Smallpox Vaccine / adverse effects
  • Time Factors
  • Vaccination / adverse effects*


  • Smallpox Vaccine