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Children with ASD and Younger Siblings Less Likely to Be Vaccinated

Date Published: 
May 8, 2018

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were less likely to receive recommended vaccines between ages 4 and 6, and their younger brothers and sisters were less likely to be fully vaccinated, compared to other children, according to a new study.

The study concluded, "Children with ASD and their younger siblings were undervaccinated compared with the general population. The results of this study suggest that children with ASD and their younger siblings are at increased risk of
vaccine-preventable diseases." The study was completed by researchers from Kaiser Permanente and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and published in JAMA Pediatrics this month.