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Science Panel Finds No Link Between Autism and MMR Vaccine

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And on Capitol Hill, Chairman Dan Burton of the House Committee on Government Reform is planning hearings on the issue Wednesday and Thursday.

 

Burton (R-Ind.) has a 3-year-old grandson who developed autism shortly after getting an MMR shot, and the Congressman is a critic of U.S. vaccine policy.

 

"His concern remains. ... He wants to get to the bottom of this issue, because he's seen what's happened in his own family, and because as a chairman of an oversight committee, he wants to ensure the safety of the vaccine," Beth Clay, a committee staff member, tells WebMD.

 

While the IOM isn't recommending a change in a vaccine policy based on its report, it does say more research is warranted. Experts call for more studies that could identify currently unknown genetic or environmental risk factors that might lead to autism. Today, government-sponsored studies are trying to find out what happens to children who put off getting the MMR shot, as opposed to those who get it as early as possible.

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