School of Health Sciences
Biology: Biomedical Sciences
vaccine, vaccines, MMR, autism, measles, mumps, rubella
Chemicals and Drugs | Medicine and Health Sciences
Schley, Abigail, "Vaccines: The Controversies and Effects Surrounding the MMR Vaccine" (2021). Senior Honors Theses. 1136.
The MMR vaccine serves to prevent the onset of severe illness and transmission of measles, mumps, and rubella. Vaccines benefit an individual by strengthening their immunity to a virus or bacteria through a small or weakened introduction of the disease in the body. However, in recent years, people have blamed the MMR vaccine for the development of several health risks in children, namely autism. Although multiple studies have indicated that there exists no link between the MMR vaccine and autism, some parents choose not to vaccinate their children due to misinformation or lack of education. This thesis seeks to explore important concepts in vaccination as well as demonstrate the lack of correlation between the MMR vaccine and the onset of autism.