Wakefield

Even though his original article on the supposed connection between the MMR vaccine and autism has been retracted, and Andrew Wakefield has lost his medical license for his fraudulent data, he continues to spread his poisonous opinions about the supposed dangers of vaccines. And an object lesson about the dangers of listening to such messages is the new outbreak of measles among a Somali community in Minnesota — this follows an earlier one which we wrote about 6 years ago.

Wakefield and other anti-vaccine activists have visited the community, and he has met with the parents of autistic children at least 3 times, according to a recent...

homeopsychopathsIn a piece dripping with sardonic disgust, Toronto Globe and Mail columnist Tabatha Southey took on the new curriculum at the august University of Toronto recently. Entitled Anti-vaccine course brings U of T one step closer to offering a masters of pseudoscience, Ms. Southey takes note of the recently-released official report of the approval of a course called Alternative Health:...

vaccThere seems to be new excitement in the world of vaccine-autism conspirators. As explained in a masterful debunking essay by Dr. David Gorski on the blog, Science-Based Medicine, the Internet abounds with new evidence that the CDC purposefully hid evidence of a link between the MMR vaccine and an increased risk of autism in African-American boys.

Dr. Gorski presents a scientific analysis of claims by conspiracy theorists, in particular the supposed confession of a CDC whistle-blower that supports this claim. Their evidence...

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But it looks like we are heading for another milestone, and it isn t one to be proud of the highest incidence of measles in in twenty years. As you can see by the graph below, we are quite a bit ahead of (meaning behind) previous years, where the average number of cases in a bad year was in the 100-200 range. Yet, halfway through May, this number was already up to 288.

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148559465We re pretty sure that by now you re at least somewhat familiar with the fraudulent (and supremely damaging) research done (made up, really) by Andrew Wakefield the former physician whose license was revoked in the UK which claimed there was a link between a children s vaccine and autism. It is impossible to calculate the number of illnesses and preventable deaths caused by this sordid affair, but it must be enormous. Even today long after the fraud was thoroughly exposed some people still cling to their beliefs that vaccines cause autism.

Few people know this story...

vaccinationWe at ACSH are happy to give a shout-out to Sheila M. Eldred, whose August op-ed on Discovery.com reflects what we have been screaming for years that the failure to have children vaccinated is a terrible mistake that is caused by a number of factors.

One of which is exemption, an increasingly common (yet foolish) loophole in state vaccination laws that allows parents to forego vaccinations for...