We've recently been talking about vaccines here at Pregnancy & Baby - if you should get them, if they should...
We've recently been talking about vaccines here at Pregnancy & Baby - if you should get them, if they should be required by law, and so fourth. In an odd coincidence, at a green living forum I frequent, someone just posted a link to a surprising new development in vaccine news. The BIG news - As of today, The Lancet withdrew a 1998 study linking autism with inoculation against three childhood illnesses. Now back in the day, this paper caused a huge uproar among parents and health care professionals and has been a standing argument used in the great vaccines cause autism debate. According to reports, The Lancet said "It was acting in the light of an ethics judgment last week by Britain's General Medical Council against Andrew Wakefield, the study's lead researcher... We fully retract this paper from the published record, The Lancet's editors said in a statement published online." The 1998 paper suggested there might be a connection between autism and a triple vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). Many experts said their was no way the paper could be correct, while some other scientists stood behind it, but the biggest impact this paper had was on parents. Once this paper came out, many parents in Britain were alarmed and refused to have their children vaccinated. I'm sure this is not the last we'll hear about this. Journal retractions are an extremely rare event. Since this particular paper was published, vaccines have come under much scrutiny and the debate over what causes autism is linked to vaccines in many people's minds. As I hear more I'll update. *Source

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