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Britain bans doctor who linked autism to vaccine
Medical panel finds him guilty of serious misconduct
By Maria Cheng (AP)

LONDON - The doctor whose research erroneously linked autism to the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella was banned yesterday from practicing medicine in his native Britain.

Although Dr. Andrew Wakefield's 1998 study was discredited, he influenced millions of parents to refuse the shot for their children and continues to enjoy a vocal following.

Wakefield was the first researcher to publish a peer-reviewed study suggesting a connection between autism and the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella. Legions of parents abandoned the vaccine, leading to a resurgence of measles in Western countries where it had been mostly stamped out. There are outbreaks across Europe every year and sporadic outbreaks in the U.S.

"That is Andrew Wakefield's legacy," said Paul Offit, chief of infectious diseases at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "The hospitalizations and deaths of children from measles who could have easily avoided the disease."

Yesterday, Britain's General Medical Council found Wakefield guilty of serious professional misconduct and stripped him of the right to practice medicine in the United Kingdom. Wakefield said he plans to appeal the ruling.

The council was acting on a finding in January that Wakefield and two other doctors showed a "callous disregard" for the children in their study. The medical body said Wakefield took blood samples from children at his son's birthday party.

The study has since been widely rejected. From 1998 to 2004, journals including The Lancet, the New England Journal of Medicine, Pediatrics and BMJ published papers showing no link between autism and the measles vaccine.

Wakefield said yesterday's decision was a sad day for British medicine: "None of this alters the fact that vaccines can cause autism."

My question to you is, do you actually think there's a link between autism and these three vaccines?

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May 26 @ 12:27AM  
Anything is possible. But no, I don't really think so.
At least I sure hope not.... unless that would help them to find a cure easier and extremely fast without an epidemic of other diseases that the vaccines are meant to prevent.

May 26 @ 4:52AM  
I've talked with parents who are absolutely convinced of the link between autism and these vaccinations. It's so sad because you can see their fear...and they are dead set against the vaccinations. There is really no reasoning with some of them because of this fear.

Do I personally think there's a link? No I don't...and I'm very ticked at this doctor because he contributed to innocent people's deaths. I'm glad that Britain responded the way they did.

May 26 @ 12:05PM  
Until there is proof one way or another...........I remain undecided............however I think people who choose not to have their children vaccinated because there "might" be ..........should realize how much danger they are putting their children and other people in by not having the vaccination.

Some here know that my granddaughter is suspected to having autism...........if it comes out that she does........we will deal with it..........but we will continue to keep her vaccines up to date no matter.

May 26 @ 5:22PM  
I'll make this simple. Science is not something that happens in one closed room somewhere. Researchers of all types are on a constant quest of discovery and affirmation. In the words of Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, it's never bac-to-the-drawing-board for scientists. They never leave the drawing board.

Anyway, if you have thousands of scientists worldwide that agree on a theory or practice, then one doctor (or in this case, three) claim that there is something contrary to the accepted belief then they should have irrefutable proof.

The proof that Wakefield submitted was completely unethical. On many levels. He did not use random samplings. He used contaminated subject data. He used leading data. He failed to use proper ethical practice when testing and treating his patients. He skewed his data findings. And what's most important: His findings have not been able to be replicated by anyone.

His claims are unfounded and his patients are damaged because of it. That is bad science.

Jun 7 @ 4:07PM  
Yes my son has it....they did a study over here as well it was hushed up quickly by the medical community but there have been many studies that do prove this to be true..the reason they hide it is they have no way of taking out what causes that to happen to kids & the vaccine helps to many other's it's one of those catch phrases you hear about.

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