Vaccines as a possible cause of autism has been a topic of much conversation for years. Studies have not conclusively found a link between the MMR vaccine, thimerosal, and autism. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how autism is thought to be caused, when to have your child screened, all about child vaccines, and much more.
Eric Gallup was a normally developing 15-month-old toddler living in Parsippany, New Jersey, when his parents took him for his first measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination in 1986. Shortly after he was vaccinated, they noticed changes in his behavior and ability to communicate. In 1989 he was diagnosed with autism.