The Lancet has already retracted an infamous study that suggested a link between autism and the vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella. Now, though, an editorial published in the British Medical Journal claims that study’s claims were not only incorrect, but part of “an elaborate fraud.”
As the WSJ reports, the editorial accompanies a lengthy article by journalist Brian Deer that spells out the problems with the research, which was led by physician Andrew Wakefield. Deer writes that his investigation couldn’t reconcile the official medical records for the 12 child research subjects with the report of the findings that the Lancet published in 1998.
But, there have been NO epidemiological studies that have found a link between autism and the MMR vaccine. There have been NO published research studies that have replicated Dr. Wakefield’s results. Here is one example of a study that has found the contrary.
Now, hopefully, parents will not be afraid to vaccinate their children against measles. Since Dr. Wakefiled arrived on the autism scene, there have been outbreaks of measles because of parental refusal to vaccinate.
I have had measles (when in Middle School) and they are NO fun. If there had been a vaccine at the time, I would have taken it. My children were all vaccinated as will my grandchildren – when they arrive.