Original Study Linking Autism and Vaccines a ‘Fraud’

In 1998, a British doctor named Andrew Wakefield published a research paper suggestion autism in children was linked to the measles mumps rubella (MMR) vaccine.  The groundbreaking research was published in The Lancet, a medical journal specialzing in oncology, neurology, and infectious diseases. 

While some medical professionals were skeptical of the research results and discredited it, some doctors and parents voiced their support for the research and became suspicious about other vaccines.   Some moms, including celeb mom Jenny McCarthy, became pickier about vaccinations or stopped vaccinating their children completely.

Even though The Lancet retracted Dr. Wakefield’s research in early 2010, a recent editorial in the the British Medical Journal has publicly denounced Dr. Wakefield’s research as “fraudulent.”  The editorial asserts that Dr. Wakefield “falsified data” and tampered with his research results to give the (MMR) vaccine bad publicity.  At the time, Dr. Wakefield was involved in a lawsuit against the manufacturers of the (MMR) vaccine and would have gained money for winning–an obvious conflict of interest.

After the research was released in 1998, there was a sharp decrease in parents giving their children the (MMR) vaccine.  Even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 90% of children in the United States are vaccinated, mumps remain the second most common disease that can be easily vaccinated.  Also, in 2008, reports for measles reached an all-time high since 1997, and about 90% of the kids with measles hadn’t been vaccinated.

Since Dr. Wakefield has been unable to reproduce his research results and there are no other conclusive studies, there is no proof that autism is linked to the (MMR) vaccine or other vaccines.  However, the new information has lead parents to wonder if they should have vaccinated their children, while doctors are disturbed how one study prevented children from getting necessary medical attention.

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As a parent, do you believe autism is still linked to vaccinations ? Do you vaccinate your children and will you continue to do so? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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  1. by Nikki Medoro

    On January 6, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Debate is ongoing about whether parents will actually hear this latest “news” or will hold steadfast to the belief that there is a link. Check it out at mamaonthemic.blogspot.com

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  3. by Kim Decapite

    On January 9, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Never having given much consideration to the vaccination debate until I had kids and then being too busy to look into it too much, I assumed it was based on more than one study. So, I am sort of shocked to find out how much impact one (turns out faulty) study has had.

    I did vaccinate my kids according the recommended schedule though because I do believe that Autism is also being recognized and diagnosed better (as a trained mental health professional). The anti-vaccine publicity out there seemed to often indicate that children just ‘came down with’ Autism after their vaccine and symptoms just appeared. But, even Jenny McCarthy, at one point, acknowledged that her son did have some signs of Autism prior the vaccination.

  4. by Cathy

    On January 10, 2011 at 12:00 am

    We vaccinate with an alerted schedule, for example, we got the MMR alone because I was worried of general side effects. I personally believe a person can have a predisposition to Autism and that chemicals, in general (e.g.: phthalates, bpa, pvc, vocs, etc.) can increase your chance of “developing” it.

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