Trouble Brewing for Doctor Who Linked Autism and Vaccines
Dr. Andrew Wakefield and his colleagues were one of the first researchers who suggested a link between Autism and Vaccines. The vaccines involved include: Measles, Mumps, and Rubella.
This research has pushed thousands to march, cry, protest, insult, hate, and much more against vaccines.
Many in the medical community have been concerned with the findings of the research published over 12 years ago. However, countless others have embarrassed and searched for an explanation to Autism.
Recently this doctor was barred from practicing medicine in Great Britain. The primarily reason that he lost his license was that his research, study and journal article were deemed to have been done unethically.
His research was first published in 1998 in the medical journal Lancet. Earlier this year a decision had been made on the merits of this research. In January a ruling against Dr. Wakefield and two other doctors indicated that they had acted “unethically” and showed “callous disregard” for the children of the study.
The investigation looked primarily at the procedure and how the studies were performed and did not dissect the science held within.
Of the original paper, ten author’s renounced its conclusions and later it was retracted by the Lancet.
Dr. Wakefield continues to stand by his research that their is a link between Autism and Vaccines and that he will continue to research the link.
However, numerous studies have been performed since the original groundbreaking article linking Autism and vaccines but there have not been a found connection.
U.S. Federal Court ruled last year and again in March that no link has been found. Thousands of families have laid claim and are seeking compensation.
Other are trying to battle for the effectiveness and especially the safety of vaccines. The number of vaccines in England and the United States dropped significantly after the initial research. Many countries vaccine numbers have not recovered causing significant measles outbreaks in Europe and the United States.
“This verdict is not about (the measles) vaccine,” said Adam Finn, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Bristol Medical School. “We all now know that the vaccine is remarkably safe and enormously effective…we badly need to put this right for the sake of our own children and children worldwide.”