Some Parents Still Wary Of Vaccines After Bogus Study

By Dr. Maria Simbra

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Vaccines are down, measles are up and resources have been diverted away from studies that could have actually led somewhere.

This was all started by so-called research that was all fraud.

It’s one thing for researchers to make mistakes, find mistakes and admit mistakes. It’s quite another to completely make up the data.

This is what has happened with the now-retracted British study from the prestigious journal Lancet that linked autism to the childhood measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. The study was a fraud.

“The British Medical Journal has come out with very strong language, saying that, using the word ‘fraud,’ which has really never been done before, although the study was discounted several times in the past five or six years,” says Dr. David Wolfson, a pediatrician at Children’s Community Pediatrics in Squirrel Hill.

An investigative journalism piece in the British Medical Journal shows the lead author, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, stretched the facts about the 12 patients in the 1998 study to fit his claims.

This deliberate falsification of data has created fear and confusion and put public health in danger.

“The damage that has been caused by this ‘study’ has really been immeasurable,” Dr. Wolfson continues. “We are definitely seeing more parents who are fearful of vaccines. It’s hurt children, quite literally, by causing illness.”

Wakefield and other researchers have not been able to reproduce the findings. His co-authors withdrew their names in 2004 when they discovered he had been paid $674,000 to cook up a vaccine scare. The source of the money was a law firm intending to sue vaccine makers.

Despite all of this, there is still fear in the hearts of some parents.

“What we in the medical profession sometimes present are arguments from the brain, from the evidence, which doesn’t always overcome the arguments of the heart,” laments Dr. Wolfson.

In the U.S., more cases of measles were reported in 2008, the greatest number since the study came out. In nine out of 10 cases, the people infected were not vaccinated or the vaccine status was unknown.

Wakefield no longer has a medical license. He had been running the Thoughtful House for Children, a center for the study of autism in Austin, Texas, but he resigned last year.

For more information, visit these websites:

Centers For Disease Control: Vaccines
Immunization & Vaccine Information
Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia: Vaccine Education Center

  • Mark

    I always felt that 3rd world countries thinking the US is trying to make them “Sterile” through vaccines was something that we in America would never believe.

    I thought, “we understand the value of vaccinations.” I mean, it eradicated Smallpox and Polio– and it has severely lessened simple childhood diseases like “Whooping Cough” and “Measles.”

    Now, to see parents are fearful to give their child a vaccination over what turns out to be a FALSIFICATION….(it was easily debunked even a few years ago when I proved to many friends that the report was incorrect and linked multiple research studies to the contrary on the CDC website.)

    My friend was stubborn at the time saying: Autism IS on the increase….so it MUST be true!! Even IF autism is on the rise, it DOESN’T mean vaccinations are doing it.

    But, like I said to my friend: fine, don’t get vaccinations. When your child dies of measles, mumps, whooping cough, or some other easily disease that has easy access to a vaccination. Don’t come crying to me.

    I’ll be in the business of selling baby coffins– which, at this rate –will only rise with stupid parents not vaccinating their children.

    Comon people: Smallpox with a 30% death rate and Polio with a 5% death rate and a paralysis rate of 37% were ERADICATED by vaccine.

    Now parents are worried (needlessly) about a chance of autism from vaccines. Even if the autism chance was real, would you rather bury your child or push your child in a wheelchair the rest of their life instead having them alive with autism?

    Do we REALLY need a national outbreak of measles and whooping cough for people to get it through their thick heads?!

    Wake up people. Don’t turn to superstition and fear….get the damn facts. I really though America was better educated than this.


  • disgusted

    Surprise, surprise. I hope all the parents who went against vaccinations get their children caught up.

  • Kelly

    Typically people don’t have to look any further than their own backyard to determine where autism comes from. No one wants to admit she may be responsible for some neurological disorder in her child. I have two girls with autism; and with the history of Bi-polar, gifted, ADHD, ADD, and speech delays on both sides of the family, there is no doubt in my mind why. Hopefully this will cause people to take a second look at many of the decisions they have made, the treatments they do and don’t administer, and the bandwagon they choose to jump on.

  • Toddk0758

    Anything Tom Cruise believs, is probably whacky!

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