The MMR vaccine controversy

After researching the MMR vaccine and its link to autism I have discovered that there was a scare back in 1998 that the MMR jab caused autism in young children. This theory was found to be completely false.

Doctor Andrew Wakefield wrote in the Lancet that the combined Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine jab caused Colitis and Autism. Wakefield’s claims were widely reported and as a result vaccine rates in the UK and Ireland dropped massively; the claims were later found to be wrong and Andrew Wakefield was struck off the Medical Register. The media has been heavily criticized for its naive reporting and for lending undue credibility to the architect of the fraud, Andrew Wakefield. 

Sources:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-24493422

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4311613.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8493753.stm

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-388051/Scientists-fear-MMR-link-autism.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-132515/New-evidence-shows-MMR-link-autism.html

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  1. Pingback: Rubella, the MMR Vaccination, and Autism | 'Enjoying the Hi-5s of Autism'

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