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 Frequently Asked Questions - Vaccines and ASDs

What research is CDC doing related to vaccines and ASDs?
Click here to view a chart of CDC’s studies about vaccines and ASDs.

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What are other Federal Agencies doing related to vaccines and ASDs?

IOM Report
In 2000, CDC and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) asked the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to put together an independent expert committee (the Immunization Safety Review Committee) to review evidence about whether vaccines cause certain health problems and to report their findings and recommendations. The committee studied evidence about 1) the theory that MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine causes autism and 2) the theory that vaccines with the preservative thimerosal cause neurodevelopment disorders, including autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and speech or language delay. To read the IOM report, click here.  

NIH National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
NICHD has a website about autism and vaccines, which includes research being done by NIH. You can get more information about autism and autism research related to vaccines by calling the NICHD clearinghouse at 1-800-370-2943.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
NIAID funds thimerosal research to better understand what happens to thimerosal once it enters the body and how this compares with current knowledge of methyl mercury pathways.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
FDA’s website provides a thorough discussion of  thimerosal in vaccines, along with frequently asked questions (FAQs) to help you find the information you need quickly. 

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Date: September 04, 2008
Content source: National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities


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