Since neurological disorders often happen to be identified shortly after the time children receive their immunizations, this coincidence leads many parents and health professionals to fear vaccines might be the cause.
However, a significant amount of research shows that most of neurological disorders that used to be attributed to vaccines have in fact other causes. For example, numerous studies over the past 14 years have refuted the link between autism and the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine. Research has also found no link between pertussis vaccines and encephalopathy.
Despite this, for many parents vaccine safety is not a scientific issue but rather an emotional one not easily overcome. Given the resurgence of some nearly eradicated diseases as a result of under-vaccination, there’s still much work to do to overcome dangerous myths about vaccines.