The American Academy of Pediatrics has published a list of over 40 peer-reviewed research papers that all demonstrate there is absolutely no link between routine childhood vaccination and autism and autism spectrum disorder. The list can be found as a PDF file on the AAP website (http://www.aap.org/immunization/families/faq/vaccinestudies.pdf).
The list was compiled in late November and has been publicized more recently. This list is presumably intended to reassure parents that vaccinations are completely safe. The pdf document is a response to the debunking of the landmark 1998 study by Andrew Wakefield that was retracted recently. Most of the authors of this paper have come forward admitting to data fabrication.
The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly urges all healthy children to be vaccinated against the standard, preventable diseases. It has been said that Wakefield’s fraudulent paper did more to damage the health of children globally than any other single event in recent times. Due to the falsified risks he presented in his paper, parents everywhere became hesitant to vaccinate their children, thereby allowing easily preventable disease to enjoy resurgence.
The list put forth by the AAP appears to be intended to allay any lingering fears that parents may be harboring. The false link between vaccinations and autism has become a call-to-action for many parents so it will take some time to reassure people of the safety of vaccines.