A few months ago, a friend asked me if she had made a mistake in having her toddler immunized against childhood diseases. I assured her she had done the right thing. Her little boy needs to be vaccinated against dangerous childhood diseases, as do all children.
She protested, “But my friends are saying, ‘Oh no! How could you have let this happen? Now your child will get autism.’”
I assured her this wasn’t true, that test after test and study after study have shown no connection whatever between vaccination and autism.
Now, at long last, the British journal Lancet has withdrawn as fraudulent, the 1998 article that claimed to show a connection between mumps/measles/rubella vaccination (MMR) and autism.
What a terrible eleven years it has been for vaccination. How many children have been put at risk? Mumps, measles, and rubella (not to mention whooping cough, flu, and many others) are terrible diseases that can leave children permanently harmed or can even kill them. If a pregnant woman contracts one of these diseases, her baby may be born with birth defects. Yet vaccination can completely remove such risks.
Fortunately, journalist Brian Deer has followed up on the 1998 report and uncovered manipulated data, as well as the fact that the author of the report manipulated the data for financial gain.
To me, the negative “wonder” here is how quickly this false report spread and became a “known fact.” Another wonder is how long this false “known fact” has remained with us, in spite of all tests to the contrary. And yet a further wonder will be how long it will continue to be a “known fact” even now that the original study has been shown to be a fraud.
More about this next time.