Autism Vaccine Link a Fake by Childgrower A. Woz.

What parent hasn’t considered the possibility of postponing or rejecting routine vaccinations out of fear of a link between vaccines and autism?

Over a year ago, and with little fanfare, Dr. Wakefield’s 1998 study indicating a link between the Measels, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism was exposed as a fake.  At that time, medical personnel worried that calling attention to the inaccuracy of the study could lead to a resurgence of vaccination avoidance and stir up the debate again.

The false link is being widely publicized this week, now that Britain retracted the research results after it surfaced the study’s author had published deceptive results.  According to the New York Times report, “Part of the costs of Dr. Wakefield’s research were paid by lawyers for parents seeking to sue vaccine makers for damages. Dr. Wakefield was also found to have patented in 1997 a measles vaccine that would succeed if the combined vaccine were withdrawn or discredited.”

Since the rate of autism diagnoses are increasing- and even though a majority of parents affected by this original study have children far beyond vaccination age-  more information is always better than less.

As a new mother in 1998, I recall hesitating, researching the web, polling my family and friends and seriously weighing my parental responsibility to do what I had to do to keep my child healthy. Do I vaccinate or not?

Usually, when parents are presented with solid information an choices, we are able to make decisions on behalf of our children that work best for our family.  I vaccinated. I worried, but I asked questions, and I forged ahead trusting our family doctor and my own judgement.

Some families in my circle of mother-friends decided not to vaccinate their children against MMR primarily because Wakefield’s research suggested the bundling of the three was unsafe.

Some parents of toddlers in our playgroup decided the onset of autism indicators and the scheduled vaccinations seemed too coincidental to ignore and not only did they refuse MMR vaccines, but refused all vaccinations, in an effort to eliminate the risk of autism claiming another toddler.

I know moms who went to great lengths to avoid vaccines, repeatedly filing out the necessary paperwork at school, rejecting the vaccinations for personal reasons, even when their hesitancy was met with looks of skepticism or a solid dose of patronizing head patting.

Then came the public push to promote what was thought to be Wakefield’s honest research. Movie stars began trumpeting an anti-vaccine message and Internet chat rooms filled with debates and arguments for and against vaccinations, against thimerasol, additives, preservatives, etc.

Sadly, those vaccine-avoiders neither hurt nor helped their children prevent the onset of autism and Wakefield’s cautions and the debate that followed, actually had little affect on the rate of Autism, a diagnosis showing steady increases for children today.

According to the Autism Society, autism now affects one in every 111 children and each year 1 % of children are diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum disorder.

Wakefield’s study did affect children’s well-being, but in a different way than expected; over the last 12 years, thousands of toddlers were not given routine vaccinations for old childhood illnesses like measles and mumps. The very serious illnesses that our grandparents prayed would spare their own children, our now-ageing parents, have returned, and are affecting today’s school-age children.

In just one generation’s time, some parts of the United States are now seeing a resurgence in these diseases and the serious complications associated with them.

The only thing worse than learning the Wakefield study was faked in 1998 for the researchers personal gain, is the shameful fact that 12 years have been wasted investigating false leads and distracting medical researchers from identifying the true causes or triggers of autism.



9 Responses

  1. Good question, how many parents have wondered whether or not to have a vaccine administered to their child?? I can’t believe that The Lancet allowed for Wakefield’s study to remain published after so many involved in the study recanted their statements and suggested the study was full of holes. Hard to believe indeed…

  2. Spend some time reading the paper that was retracted, the history, and what was about to come forth before you write a blog post like this one. The relationship between vaccines and autism has not been disproved. Educate yourself as you make your decisions regarding vaccination. Age of Autism’s blog has a good deal of information. Mary Tocco is an incredible resource as is Dr Sheri Tenpenney, among others. Do your homework.

  3. Clearly the author of this blog has not done his or her homework. Was the actual study Wakefield did read by this author? I doubt it. This is just a copy cat version of what all the papers and media said about it. Even if you believed that Wakefield did wrong, the MMR is only one vaccine. You cannot exonerate the other vaccines on this alone.

  4. VAERS.HHS.GOV as of today there are some 60000 reactions to H1N1, these reactions invclude some 7000 serious reactions, some 1200 cases of guilliam barre syndrome and some 1200 deaths due to the VACCiNE not the illness. John Hopkinds institute published a list of vaccineingredients, this lis included the flu vaccines. H1N1 and the avian flu have been in all flu vaccines since 1998, each year a large number of people have had serious reactions to the vaccine, some have had encelphlopathy which is bleeding of the brain. So what you say, well if some 80000 thois year, some 50000 last year, some 41000 the year before and 36000 the year before that. HOw many more people are going to become permanently disabled until America wakes up! All of this can be found on VAERS.HHS.GOV truth is out here we just need to look for it.
    As for Wakefield, did you ever think to ask those parents that he treated about his approach and cures? bet not cause those parents have made public statements stating they fully support Wakefield. Not one parent made a complaint! Those that made a complaint are those that have something to hide! Fear will make you do some weird things like finding the truth

  5. OH and Wakefield never actually stated mmr causes autism, I believe MMR was used as an example but not the actual cause

  6. thank you everyone for commenting and encourage all who post to be polite and use only appropriate language, etc…

    There are so many unanswered questions, and not just about the Wakefield study as you know…there are many fears about autism for parents who have children with it and for those with children who do not have the diagnoses.

    There was an interesting blog post on Huffington that made some of the same points as Maurine and Tamik have made here. I’ll attach it here next. And the OP Ed in the NYT a few weeks ago was very similar to my post here. I’ll link to it as well.

  7. From Huffington Post. food for thought.

    Are we ever sure, as parents, that we have all the information? that we have all the right information?

  8. My apologies, the op ed was published in USA Today, over the weekend of Feb 27th, 2010 by Gonzalez (not the NYT) and it is linked from their archives below.


    This story suggests that the research behind the CDCs studies of mercury in vaccines was not accurately reported.

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