In the spirit of last week's lecture focusing on Rubella and the MMR vaccine, here are some articles meant to dispel the 'crazies' who claim autism is a severe side effect of the vaccine.
Interestingly, supporters of the MMR vaccine as a major cause of autism site two observations as 'proof':
1. The incidence of autism has increased steadily since the MMR vaccine was introduced
2. Children with the regressive form of autism tend to show symptoms of disease around the time that the vaccine is administered
Thankfully, both the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics have confirmed that the vaccine does not induce autism.
NYTimes link: http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/autism/overview.html
CDC Site: http://www.cdc.gov/od/science/iso/concerns/mmr_autism_factsheet.htm