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The Autism “Epidemic”: Impressions From the Perspective of Immunization Safety Review

      The Immunization Safety Review Committee of the Institute of Medicine was established in 2000 to review a number of issues regarding the safety of childhood vaccines.
      • Stratton K
      • Gable A
      • Shetty P
      • McCormick M
      As Chair of this committee, I have had direct and ongoing experience with the public's concerns about autism in general and its potential relation to childhood vaccines in particular. The ongoing drumbeat of stories
      • McNeil DG
      When parents say no to child vaccinations.
      • Allen A
      The not-so-crackpot autism theory.
      has fostered the sense of an epidemic of autism and undermined parental confidence in the recommended vaccine schedule. What is going on?

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