Thursday, January 6, 2011

Vaccination/Autism Fraud

I kind of knew this all along, but to each his own.

The first study to link a childhood vaccine to autism was based on doctored information about the children involved, according to a new report on the widely discredited research.
The conclusions of the 1998 paper by Andrew Wakefield and colleagues was renounced by 10 of its 13 authors and later retracted by the medical journal Lancet, where it was published. Still, the suggestion the MMR shot was connected to autism spooked parents worldwide and immunization rates for measles, mumps and rubella have never fully recovered.


Virtual Kevin said...

I am very sad to see any study falsified, and with conspiracy theorists thriving as they are, I seriously doubt this will reassure any parent who is struggling with the mystery of having an autistic child.

I still believe that we shouldn't be so quick to cram as many vaccines into our children as quickly as possible. I am a fan of the "Dr Bob's alternative Vaccine Schedule" which simply spaces out the vaccines to avoid any possible interactions.

IN the age of cost dictated medicine, I am lucky to have a pediatrician that is happy to work with us.

jhw22 said...

My husband and I have worked with kids with autism and know that there are factors that affect -- not necessarily cause -- autism. Our son, who does not have autism, is affected by certain foods to the point of drastic behavior changes. So yes, there are factors that we can control in increasing or decreasing the behaviors/attention span/moods of kids with or without autism.

But as difficult as autism is for families, it doesn't kill kids. The diseases these vaccinations fight DO kill kids.

People can make decisions on their own or with their doctors, but this fraud proves that the information out there, for parents and doctors use, can be dramatized to the point of scaring people into making uninformed decisions.

There have been so many studies debunking this vaccination/autism connection but this one scam took hold and will take years to unravel.