The MMR Vaccine and the Link to Autism Term Paper by scribbler

A look at the debate surrounding the MMR vaccine and its reported link to autism.
# 152262 | 1,739 words | 6 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Jan 20, 2013 in Medical and Health (Public Health Issues)

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The paper defines the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism and discusses the controversy surrounding the court ruling that there is no link between the vaccine and autism. The paper looks at the literature in an attempt to understand both sides of the issue and draws the conclusion that there is no link between autism and the MMR vaccine.

Literature Review

From the Paper:

"First, it is important to define the MMR vaccine and autism. The vaccine is given twice in childhood. An author notes, "The MMR immunization is designed to protect against measles, mumps and rubella and works by stimulating the immune system to produce antibodies against these three viruses" (Bogdashina, 2006, p. 41). Most children have no ill effects from the vaccine, but some do develop serious side effects, such as loss of appetite and sleep, and bizarre behavior. This, along with the presence of thimerosal, which is a mercury-based preservative, has led some scientists and many parents to believe the vaccine can actually cause autism in children.
"Autism is a mental disorder that affects primarily children. It causes behavioral issues and often leads to difficulty in how they deal with others. Two writers note, "For example, in addition to social impairment, autism requires the presence of language delay and repetitive behaviors or preoccupation with idiosyncratic topics (e.g., air conditioners, birds, birthdays of famous people, British royalty)" (Scahill & Bearss, 2009). Autism is difficult to diagnose because it often shows up in infancy, making it difficult to observe. It can also turn up later, from two to four years old, as well."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Berg, R. (2009). Autism-An environmental health issue after all? Journal of Environmental Health, 71(10), 14+.
  • Bogdashina, O. (2006). Theory of mind and the triad of perspectives on autism and asperger syndrome: A view from the bridge. Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley.
  • Gossett, M., & Weinman, M. L. (2007). Evidence-based practice and social work: An illustration of the steps involved. Health and Social Work, 32(2), 147+.
  • Park, M. (2010). Autism ruling fails to convince many vaccine-link believers. Retrieved 28 April 2010 from the Web site:
  • Scahill, L. M., & Bearss, K. (2009). The rise in autism and the mercury myth. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 22(1), 51+

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