Scientists Find Link Between Autism Spectrum Disorder and Meningitis

Scientists have found a link between people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and meningitis, a disease that occurs when viruses infiltrate the brain. The study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine is…

Scientists Find Link Between Autism Spectrum Disorder and Meningitis

Scientists have found a link between people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and meningitis, a disease that occurs when viruses infiltrate the brain. The study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine is the first to find a link between vaccination and the disorder and may help doctors explain autism’s high rates in children.

Scientists at Simon Fraser University in Canada wrote that Meningitis B, a virus that can cause meningitis and pneumonia in susceptible children, can spread when immune-deficient and immuno-compromised babies are vaccinated with the meningitis vaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the meningitis B vaccine in age-appropriate intervals from age 6 months to 4 years, and in over 1.2 million doses of vaccinations. While many infants, such as infants born between 30 and 35 weeks gestation, receive the shot, about 60 percent of children 6 months to 17 months do not. The lead author, Dr. James Hart, has connections to the anti-vaccine movement.

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