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Immunisation

By St. Louis Post-Dispatch


Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 12:15 am


Here’s what has been learned in the 13 years since then:


  • *Most of Dr. Wakefield’s co-researchers withdrew their names from the key findings of the report, and the hospital where the research took place discharged him.
  • *Before the research even began, Dr. Wakefield had glaring conflicts of interest that he repeatedly failed to disclose. He was being paid by a lawyer who was planning to sue manufacturers of vaccines.
  • *Dr. Wakefield also applied for patents for an alternate vaccine and a diagnostic procedure, both of which could become highly profitable if they could link MMR vaccine to autism and bowel disease. He started planning to set up a private company to handle business generated by his patents.
  • *Last February, The Lancet publicly retracted the 1998 report.
  • *Most important of all, some two dozen scientific studies since 1998, involving millions of children, have found no link between autism and the MMR vaccine or other vaccines.

Yet Dr. Wakefield and his discredited study continue to fortify a small but potent movement opposed to mandatory vaccinations. Polio, measles, rubella, meningitis, hepatitis A and B, mumps, chicken pox, tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough, influenza and rotavirus are all serious diseases.


Don’t take our word for it. Ask your doctor.


– St. Louis Post-Dispatch


Source: http://www.mtstandard.com/news/opinion/columnists/article_8286ab18-2356-11e0-b524-001cc4c002e0.html



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