FDA Confirms DTaP Vaccine Causes Autism in November 2017-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
The FDA published “conclusive proof” that the DTaP vaccine causes autism in November 2017.
The FDA hasn’t confirmed a link between DTaP vaccines and autism. That rumors stems from an old (and false) report that was re-reported as “breaking” news in November 2017.
First, we’ll take a step back. DTaP is given to children younger than seven to prevent diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has repeatedly stated that there’s no link between vaccines and autism.
However, rumors like this one repeatedly surface. They often rely on information that’s outdated or taken out of context. And claims that the FDA confirmed DTaP vaccines cause autism in November 2017 are no exception.
Latest False Claim: FDA Announces DTaP Vaccine Causes Autism
November 2017 rumors appear to circle back to the website, InShapeToday.com. The site published a report under the headline “FDA announced that vaccines are causing autism,” that was widely shared on social media.
A number of problems immediately emerge with that claim. First, it’s based on an information packet that was released by vaccine maker Sanfofi Pasteur in 2005. So, it’s not exactly a “new” development or admission. In fact, identical false claims circulated in April 2016.
And the claim is based on a statement from the 2005 packet that was taken out of context. The statement cites autism as one of an “adverse events” reported after use of a vaccine — but that doesn’t tell the whole story:
…Adverse events reported during post-approval use of Tripedia vaccine include idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, SIDS, anaphylactic reaction, cellulitis, autism, convulsion/grand mal convulsion, encephalopathy, hypotonia, neuropathy, somnolence and apnea.
The report conveniently excludes the packet’s next sentence. That’s probably because it states no “causal relationship” has been found between those adverse events and vaccines:
Events were included in this list because of the seriousness or frequency of reporting. Because these events are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequencies or to establish a causal relationship to components of Tripedia vaccine.
So, it’s clear that the FDA hasn’t confirmed that DTaP causes autism. That rumor is based on a 2005 drug packet that goes on to state that no “causal relationship” between autism and the vaccine has been found.