Tuesday, June 01, 2010

MMR vaccine and autism

A while back there was a news story that a medical journal based out of the UK was retracting a certain paper co-authored by a Dr. Andrew Wakefield and his colleagues that suggested a possible link between cases of autism and the MMR vaccine.
Here is an interview with Dr. Wakefield that I found very informative and interesting. A good jumping off point if you are researching the much discussed link between the MMR vaccine and incidences of autism.

In fact, Measles, Mumps and Rubella had separate vaccines. The combined risk of three viruses in a vaccine, MMR, is a way in which nature has never seen them before. Never. And to subject those to inadequate safety studies is in my opinion, not acceptable. That was the essence of the controversy and what has happened ever since has been in essence what medicine and science have done perhaps for all time – crush dissent by discrediting the messenger ... me.

Dr. Andrew Wakefield

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