LETTER Muñoz on Study Showing No Link Between Vaccines and Autism: Vaccinations are Effective and Necessary

Assembly Deputy Republican Leader Nancy F. Muñoz, R-Union, Morris and Somerset, issued the following statement in response to a study released Tuesday in theJournal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) which found no link between autism and childhood vaccines, including those with an older sibling who has autism:

“With autism rates soaring in the U.S. and in New Jersey, and its cause yet undetermined, I understand that parents are concerned. Vaccinations, however, are effective and have a proven history of preventing serious childhood diseases. I come from a generation that saw the consequences of many of these diseases, including measles, rubella and polio. Vaccines have saved countless lives.

“Unfortunately, there’s been a lot of misinformation linking vaccines with autism. Hopefully, this latest study, in conjunction with the other scientific research, will allay any fears. Too many children today are not being vaccinated. As a result, we’re seeing a resurgence of some of these diseases, such as the measles outbreak earlier this year. It’s a very dangerous road to travel.”

Muñoz is a clinical nurse specialist.

The study, which involved more than 95,000 children, found no overall link between autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the mumps-measles-rubella (MMR) vaccine.