Autism Speaks advocates vaccinations in light of measles outbreak

- FILE - Child with Measles

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — A major advocacy group is calling for everyone to get childhood vaccinations in light of the measles outbreak sweeping the country.

The national advocacy group Autism Speaks is urging parents nationwide to get their children vaccinated after a measles outbreak has reached 14 states. So far, 102 people have been infected in the last month.

Rob Ring, Chief Science Officer of Autism Speaks, issued the following statement:

“Over the last two decades, extensive research has asked whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism. The results of this research are clear: Vaccines do not cause autism. We urge that all children be fully vaccinated.”

Doctors say the measles vaccine is 95% effective with one dose. With two doses, it’s 99% effective.

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