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UK Sunday Times: Founder Of Anti-Vaccination Movement Faked His Data

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 8, 2009

Not that it will make a difference to the rabid anti-vaxers out there, but guess what (h/t Bad Astronomer via PZ Myers):

THE doctor who sparked the scare over the safety of the MMR vaccine for children changed and misreported results in his research, creating the appearance of a possible link with autism, a Sunday Times investigation has found.

Confidential medical documents and interviews with witnesses have established that Andrew Wakefield manipulated patients’ data, which triggered fears that the MMR triple vaccine to protect against measles, mumps and rubella was linked to the condition.

The results of Wakefield’s 1998 study were devastating. Immunization dropped sharply in the UK, leading to a measles epidemic: Official figures released last week showed there were 1,348 confirmed cases of measles in England and Wales last year, as opposed to just 56 in 1998, and two children have died from contracting measles.

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One Response to “UK Sunday Times: Founder Of Anti-Vaccination Movement Faked His Data”

  1. Stormcrow said

    Thank you, PW.

    I’ve got that filed away in my bookmarks. I’ve created a whole new folder just for Wakefield: “Andrew Wakefield – MMR / autism fraudster”.

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