“There was a single, flawed study in the United Kingdom in the late 1990s involving 11 or 12 children. The conclusion of this research -- that vaccines were linked to autism -- has been proven totally false. In fact, the person responsible for the research lost his license to practice, and his research was retracted,” says Katz.
The idea gained steam in part because of a matter of timing. “Autism is usually recognized in the second year of life. This is the time children are getting vaccines, including the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella),” says Katz. But the science has proven there is no relationship between vaccines and autism.