Andrew Wakefield, the British doctor who persuaded parents that the MMR vaccine leads to autism, has lost his medical license for being “dishonest,” “misleading” and “irresponsible” in his research, writes Tom Chivers in The Telegraph.
There were many large studies carried out, all of which failed to show any link between the vaccine and autism. A 2002 study of 500,000 Danish children in the New England Journal of Medicine found no links while a 2005 Cochrane Library meta-analysis also came back negative and reminded the world that: “Measles, mumps and rubella are three very dangerous infectious diseases which cause a heavy disease, disability and death burden in the developing world … [T]he impact of mass immunisation on the elimination of the diseases has been demonstrated worldwide.” . . .
. . . MMR was introduced in Britain in 1988. Hundreds of thousands of children were given it. If there is a link, we would expect a sudden rise in autism diagnoses. There was none.
Autism levels were slowly rising beforehand, and continued to rise afterward, although it is not clear how much of that was due to new diagnostic criteria. But there was no step change in 1988 in Britain, or at the time of introduction in other countries. There is no link between vaccination and autism.
Vaccination rates fell sharplyin Britain after Wakefield’s research — now repudiated — was published. Autism diagnoses have continued to rise. So has the rate of measles, mumps and rubella.