The doctor who spearheaded the “link” between the MMR vaccine and autism fabricated his results.
This isn’t some guy in Korea fabricating cloning. The fear fest that followed these results may have caused several cases of mumps, measels and rubella that could have otherwise been prevented.
Now, most of us have been immunized against the diseases, but in case you don’t know what these three can do, here’s some info from the CDC.
Mumps. Severe complcations can result in encephalitis, sterilzation, deafness. Mumps is also highly contagious.
Measles. Right at the top of the complications box of measles is a warning for ear infections, encephalitis, pneumonia, seizures, and death. Measles is highly contagious and dangerous.
Rubella. Not as serious as the others, but it’s dangerous to pregnant women and causes serious complications to the pregnancy.
This type of scientific dishonesty infuriates me. The silver lining to this whole thing is that the MMR vaccine can be administrated at any age. I hope the parents who refused to give their kids the MMR vaccine will rush them to their pediatrician and get the MMR vaccine.
I’m wondering if Oprah will run a show on autism hoaxes. Jenny McCarthy has been on, blaming her son’s autism on his vaccines.
BTW, the only vaccine now coming with the thimerosal (mercury-based) preservative are the flu vaccines. EDIT: My information comes from the CDC. Currently, 1 of 3 DTaP vaccines has trace thimerosal preservative (DTaP is diptheria, tetanus, and pertussis (aka whooping cough)). Of course, this is from the US listings. What you get in India and Pakistan may contain a different preservative.