Facts for Parents About Vaccine Safety
from the American Academy of Pediatrics


Informaci�n para padres acerca la inocuidad de las vacunas

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The AAP understands that parents may have concerns about vaccinating their children. Vaccines are one of the most successful medical advances of all time. Vaccine safety is an issue of great importance to the AAP and to pediatricians, who support ongoing research and increased funding in this area.  In addition, the AAP supports further research into the causes of autism.

The following information is to help parents and caregivers to understand some of the common issues and questions surrounding this topic.


WHAT IS AUTISM?


WHAT IS MITOCHONDRIAL DISEASE?

A recent case that was awarded compensation through the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program involved a child with a mitochondrial disorder or mitochondrial disease. This case has raised questions about what environmental triggers might bring on or worsen autism-like symptoms in children with such disorders.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this was a unique case and information about it has not been accurately characterized in the media and other public forums. It represents one special case and does not change the immunization recommendations for children in whom vaccines are otherwise recommended.  More information is available at the CDC Web site: www.cdc.gov.

According to the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, “There are no scientific studies documenting that childhood vaccinations cause mitochondrial diseases or worsen mitochondrial disease symptoms. In the absence of scientific evidence, the UMDF cannot confirm any association between mitochondrial diseases and vaccines.”


WHAT ABOUT VACCINE SAFETY?


WHY ARE VACCINES IMPORTANT?

 

More information for parents and caregivers is available on the AAP Web site at the following links:

 

American Academy of Pediatrics
March 2008