In a setback for the naysayers of childhood vaccines, a new study out of Australia claims there is conclusive proof that immunizations do not cause autism.
As first reported in The New York Post, University of Sydney researcher Guy Eslick conducted a meta-analysis of 1.25 million children vaccinated against a variety of illnesses around the world and found not a single instance of a youngster developing autism.
According to Eslick, "The data consistently shows the lack of evidence for an association between autism, autism spectrum disorders and childhood vaccinations…providing no reason to avoid immunization on these grounds."
Fears of a link between autism and shots for measles, whooping cough and other diseases were first raised by British gastroenterologist Andrew Wakefield in 1998. Many parents have taken Wakefield's findings to heart, refusing to vaccinate their kids even after his findings were determined to be fraudulent.
Eslick says he has no stake in either side of the argument, claiming he's feels empathy for parents who won't accept the scientific proof offered by his research.
"This study will be cold comfort for them and I don’t think it will change their minds. You will probably never be able to change their minds," he added.