Autism-Vaccine Author Defends Work


Dr. Andrew Wakefield, who published a study in 1998 about the possible link between autism and vaccines which was subsequently questioned and discredited by the medical community, has defended his work in an interview on CNN.


Dr. Wakefield’s work has been discredited over the past several years, and ten of the eleven doctors who were involved in the study have removed their names from it. The Sunday Times reports that Dr. Wakefield “changed and misreported results” in his research, according to “confidential” medical documents and interviews with witnesses.


Dr. Wakefield’s study was published in February 1998 in The Lancet medical journal, causing widespread concern among parents that the MMR vaccine—for measles, mumps, and rubella—was linked to autism. According to The Sunday Times, the impact of the article was “extraordinary,” with vaccination rates decreasing from 92% to less than 80%, while “herd immunity” from measles occurs when 95% of the population has been vaccinated.


After a British journalist, Brian Deer, published the results of his investigation calling Wakefield’s study an “elaborate fraud,” Wakefield denied these allegations as false in an interview on CNN with Anderson Cooper. Wakefield continues to stand by his findings, saying that the results have been replicated in studies in five other countries and that Deer has received financial support from a pharmaceutical company. Check out the link below to see the interview yourself.


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6 Responses to Autism-Vaccine Author Defends Work

  1. Mark says:

    Hi Tina
    the latest on this is that the BMJ yesterday were forced into admitting links with both Merck and Glaxo that were not declared for Deers article
    also please take a look at this 1 hour film about Brian Deer and his role in bringing the case.

    autism affects 1 in 64 children in the UK and many have bowel disease.

  2. Nancy Strauss says:

    Oh boy, what a controversy! I read this on your blog, too. I have to say, it’s really hard to make up my mind. I already got my 2 kids immunized before hearing about the autism link, so I don’t have to make that decision again thank God. It would be a really hard decision to make. Just glad my two kids are healthy and thriving.

  3. Connie says:

    I was reading about this on your blog. Some readers wrote in with some very interesting comments. The thing that I wanted to add to the discussion is just that it’s a really emotional subject. Anything that has to do with the health of children is very touchy and people get quite passionate about it. In the end, I respect a parent’s decision no matter which way she or he goes, but I encourage doing as much research as possible first before such an important decision is made.

  4. Denise Chappell says:

    What an issue! What’s incredible to me is the lack of research that seems to be done on this issue. Dr. Wakefield is the only non-biased doctor that I know of who has in recent times taken a real look at this. I think it’s going to be tough seeing objective research in a field where there’s such big money at stake.

  5. Darlene says:

    Wow, what a scary but really important issue. My concern is that I I wouldn’t want the population to lose its group immunity because of too many kids not get immunized. Maybe the vaccines aren’t the problem, but it’s just the additives that are terrible for kids. I really bet that if they changed that it would make a huge difference.

  6. Sarah Ann says:

    Hi Tina thanks for these updates on really important kids issues. Vaccines, diet, and literacy I think are some of the most important children’s issues parents are concerned about, and you sure provide plenty of blogs on these topics. Thank you so much!

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