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Can vaccines cause autism?


No. There is no research connecting vaccines to autism. Although signs of autism often begin to appear around the same time that children are vaccinated, it is just a coincidence, not a cause.

The truth is vaccines are extremely important for providing protection against illnesses and many long-term side effects of illnesses. For example, natural exposure to polio could cause lifelong paralysis. The mumps can cause hearing loss and meningitis and measles can sometimes be fatal. Vaccinations can prevent these types of illnesses and the disease-related side effects from occurring.

For more information on disease prevention and recommended vaccines, schedule an appointment with an East Jefferson General Hospital physician today by calling HealthFinder at 504-456-5000.

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