Study Linking Autism And MMR Vaccine Retracted

In 1998, the Lancet Medical Journal published a report by a British Doctor that linked the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine with Autism.

Doctors say the paper is one of the biggest reasons parents have increasingly declined vaccinations for their children. But the Lancet has now issued a press release stating "it has become clear that several elements of the paper... are incorrect."

Last week, a British disciplinary panel ruled the original author had shown a "callous disregard" for children.


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  • by To Sassy on Feb 4, 2010 at 08:44 PM
    I'm sorry that I misinterpreted when you said "we adults received those vaccines and nothing happened to us." Also, the last part of my post wasn't directed at you- it was directed at the parents that trust doctors to make decisions for them. I WAS that parent 8 years ago. My perfect little girl who was giggly and talkative was taken away from me and replaced by a quiet, angry child who is incapable of expressing love. How I miss those sweet sticky kisses!! How I wish that I had done my own research. It was not my intention to insinuate that you were ignorant or to talk in an uncaring way. I think that sometimes the tone is misinterpreted when written.
  • by SassyMom Location: ENC on Feb 4, 2010 at 12:34 PM
    For your information, I am a 40 year old mother with one son who is 12 years old. He had ALL of his immunizations, those of which you are describing and he is fine. ALL I was saying is that I believe that genetics plays a large role in Autism. A vaccine CAN NOT be soley responsible. I did my research and I chose to have my son vaccinated. I never said that a parent didn't have a choice in the matter. Read my post again sir / madam: I said that a vaccine should not be the only blame. And I did not say that we received the same vaccinations. I said that we received "these" vaccinations...meaning that we received shots to help prevent the same disease or same of the same diseases. Be careful how you talk to people. You might find that people aren't as ignorant as you think.
  • by To Sassy on Feb 4, 2010 at 06:03 AM
    Sassy- the vaccine in question was not introduced until the 90's which is when autism rates began to soar. We (unless you are quite young) did NOT have this particular immunization. MMR vaccine ingredients include measles, mumps, rubella live virus, the antibiotic neomycin (can cause kidney damage and can cause respiratory paralysis and kidney failure), the chemical sorbitol, and the animal by products hydrolyzed gelatin, chick embryonic fluid, and human diploid cells from aborted fetal tissue...YES, that does say ABORTED FETAL TISSUE. The amount of heavy metals that are daily pumped into the bodies of tiny little babies should be illegal! Don't always just listen to your doctor. Do your own research and make a decision that's best for your family. You do have the right to refuse any vaccination.
  • by SassyMom Location: ENC on Feb 3, 2010 at 01:21 PM
    While I know it has to be a challenge to have a child diagnosed with autism, I truly think that society is too quick to blame vaccines as the cause. What happened to good old genetics? It hasn't been until the last 15 years or so that vaccines have started being blamed as the cause. We adults received those vaccines and nothing happened to us. If the vaccines aren't given, your child contracts polio, smallpox, diptheria, etc, then it's the doctors fault for not doing something to prevent it. Why does a vaccine have to be blamed? I belive that genetics is more to blame than drugs, unless it was illegal drugs taken by the parent during pregnancy. No one is saying that the parents of Autistic children don't face challenges, as well as the child and I feel for all of you. Just don't be so quick to say it's the vaccines.
  • by Becca Location: ENC on Feb 3, 2010 at 01:21 PM
    I have a beautiful 7 year old grandaughter that showed signs of autisim the minute she was born. Didn't want to be held, screamed around loud noises. She spent her 1st birthday party in her crib because she could not handle all the commotion. We are blessed as a family to have her. We were aware of the signs of autism because her mother taught special needs children and saw it everyday. Our little girl never had the chance to be nero-typical. This all before she got her first shot. People will think what they want, but until they are living it on a day to day basis, they should be careful what what they say.
  • by To:Get vaccinated on Feb 3, 2010 at 11:55 AM
    Parents are selfish if they dont vaccinate thier children?? Do you have children?? It seems as if you dont cause you are quick to judge. I agree with anon....shoving to much crap in the body does more harm to the body. These diseases are not around anymore anyways. I just think it should be parents choice and no one should judge one way or another.
  • by Parent of Daughter w/Autism Location: NC on Feb 3, 2010 at 11:50 AM
    there has got to be something to it regarding the MMR vaccine..it was after that particular vaccine that we started noticing developmental miles werent being met w/her....unfortunately our former pediatrician didnt think anything of it and said 'she's probably just a late bloomer' funny how she had reached miles right on target up until she got her MMR....I have researched and for some individuals the MMR vaccine is basically too strong for some bodies to receive all at once and there is an adverse reaction with brain chemicals which is thought to cause Autism to develop
  • by Michelle on Feb 3, 2010 at 11:09 AM
    This is to everyone.......some think vaccinations are good and others dont. Let their opinion be thiers instead of telling them they are wrong...especially when a child suffers from affects. If you dont walk in thier shoes you have no idea and I can just about bet if you had a child that suffered an affect, you would feel differently. There is no right or wrong answer here, it is totally up to the parent. They brought them in to this world, so let them make the decision on whether to vaccinate or not.
  • by CherryCracker Kool-Aid Location: CA on Feb 3, 2010 at 09:56 AM
    To Duh: Duh... you can't compare one continent to another when you're talking about another HUGE variable of environmental, dietary, social, and genetic differences. You're trying to come up with a scientific diagnosis based on symptoms alone. It may or may not be the reason. In the mean time, I'm glad I don't have to worry about contracting measles, polio, diptheria, mumps, smallpox.......
  • by Moderators Nightmare Location: Greenville on Feb 3, 2010 at 09:21 AM
    It's up to 1 in 110 now.
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