Your comprehensive guide: Why are vaccines and Autism connected? The original "Research"
Your comprehensive guide: Why are vaccines and Autism connected? The original “Research”
Described as “the most damaging medical hoax of the last 100 years”, the 1998 research piece linking vaccines to autism drove vaccination rates in the UK to 79.9%, its lowest since its introduction, and in turn orchestrated widespread epidemics across the globe.
In February 1998, Andrew Wakefield planted a seed into the minds of the British public. That seed was the publication of a paper in the medical journal the lancet, claiming a correlation between the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine and the development of autism. Before 1998 this claim did not exist and after its complete retraction in 2010, you’d hope it’s gone from our future, too.
Yet we still can’t seem to shake it.
This is emphasised by statements like these, spread by the prominent anti-vaccine campaigner Jenny Mccarthy: ”You ask any mother in the autism community if we’ll take the flu, the measles, over autism any day of the week. I think they need to wake up and stop hurting our kids”.