Vaccines have become increasingly controversial in the past few years. Many studies have linked vaccines to neurodevelopmental disorders, allergies and even heavy metal contamination in the body. The CDC recommends 25 shots from birth to 15 months old, and at least 29 more are usually given before the age of 18. Scientists and parents alike are beginning to wonder just how much of an effect these vaccinations are having on infants and children.
Researchers recently conducted a study to determine whether or not vaccines have an associated with ADHD, OCD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, anorexia and chronic tic disorder. You may or may not be surprised at what they found.
Yale University recently conducted a study alongside the Department of Public Health Science at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. Researchers found a surprising association between children receiving vaccinations, then developing brain-related autoimmune and inflammatory disorders. These include ADHD, OCD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, anorexia and chronic tic disorder.
Over 95,000 kids were analyzed for the study, each one suffering from one of these disorders. The cases were compared to other children who did not have neuropsychiatric disorders, as well as others with conditions that could not be caused or contributed to by vaccines, such as open wounds or broken bones.
Researchers found that the kids who suffered from depression, ADHD and bipolar disorders did not show any significant association with vaccines. But those who had been vaccinated were found to be 80% more likely to be diagnosed with anorexia, and 25% more likely to be diagnosed with OCD than those who were not vaccinated. The study also showed that high rates of anxiety disorders and chronic tics were linked to vaccinations.
What Does This Mean?
The results of the study suggested that the correlation is temporary, but the onset of these disorders may be triggered by vaccines. Researchers wrote, “These findings provide preliminary epidemiologic evidence that the onset of some pediatric-onset neuropsychiatric disorders, including AN, OCD, anxiety disorders, and tic disorders, may be temporally related to prior vaccinations.”
Those involved in the study concluded that more research needs to be done on the subject. However, more research has been done in the past. Many studies have linked vaccines to brain disorders, immune disorders and neurological disorders.
Despite the findings of this study, researchers concluded that parents should continue vaccinating on schedule. Whatever your stance on vaccines is, it’s always best to stay informed. Keeping up-to-date with vaccine research can help you make informed and educated decisions for your family.