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Lancet retracts vaccine/autism study

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This is great news for public health – esteemed medical journal The Lancet has formally retracted a contentious 1998 paper that asserted a link between vaccines and autism:

The Lancet medical journal formally retracted a paper Tuesday that caused a 12-year international battle over links between autism and the childhood vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella.

The paper, written by British doctor Andrew Wakefield, suggests that the combined shot might be linked to autism and bowel disease.

His assertion, now widely discredited, caused one of the biggest medical rows in a generation and led to a steep drop in vaccinations in the United States, Britain and other parts of Europe, prompting a rise in measles cases.

“It has become clear that several elements of the 1998 paper by Wakefield . . . are incorrect,” the British journal said in a statement.

(…) A disciplinary panel of Britain’s General Medical Council, or GMC, ruled last week that Wakefield had presented his research in an “irresponsible and dishonest” way and shown a “callous disregard” for the suffering of the children he studied.

(…) Data released last February for England and Wales showed a 70 percent surge of measles cases from 2007 to 2008, mostly because of unvaccinated children.

This should be the final nail in the coffin for the vaccine-deniers who have literally caused thousands of deaths by scaring parents from vaccinating their children.

Related: Ars Technica has a really good discussion with more details if you are interested. The bottom line: vaccinate your kids.



  • Your Name

    My girls have completed their vaccine,and with the H1N1,the school gave them first oral vaccine.I do follow the department of Health program to get my kids vaccination requirement for their body immunization response.Thank you for this post,reminds me that i myself too needs vaccine so i can take care better my kids when mom is healthy even if not wealthy:)Seasons change,so we need to get ourselves ready for foreign bacterias and virus invassion,it’s a wise move,it’s God’s ways of love and protection ,too.thanks!

  • Gray Guy

    Your blog is listed in the “Faith” category. But just looking at February 2010 the three titles listed in archives seem political:
    Lancet retracts vaccine/autism study
    Obama crosses forward; Republicans in Retreat
    Groundhog Day, Daniel Pipes, and Bombing Iran
    So why don’t you change your category or speak about faith?

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