This man has a body count and should be in prison. I wonder if Oprah will bring it up the next time she has Jenny McCarthy or any of the other anti-vaccine crowd on her show? Will this story ever see the light of day in the U.S.?
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.
Despite involving just a dozen children, the 1998 paper’s impact was extraordinary. After its publication, rates of inoculation fell from 92% to below 80%. Populations acquire “herd immunity” from measles when more than 95% of people have been vaccinated.
Last week official figures showed that 1,348 confirmed cases of measles in England and Wales were reported last year, compared with 56 in 1998. Two children have died of the disease.
One lie. One. Big. Lie. And those desperate to know “why” their child was autistic, and those who were willing to believe that anything Big Pharma and Big Medicine does is, by definition, evil and designed to kill us all, ate it up. It did not matter how many studies denied the connection between vaccinations and autism, no matter how many doctors, researchers, and those who would actually have the expertise to determine the truth spoke up and denied the link. It did not matter that the ingredient “suspected” of causing autism hasn’t been used in vaccinations in years with no corresponding decline in autism rates. Are you listening, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.?
It didn’t matter. One lie and a conspiracy-minded, uneducated, frightened portion of the population ate it up. And now, a disease that the World Health Organization had hoped to eradicate by next year, is springing up again, including the United States which had declared measles eradicated in the U.S. in 2000.. And yes, there is a body count.
Measles is a highly contagious disease characterised by a high fever and a rash. It can be passed on without direct contact before the rash appears. About one in every 15 children has complications that can include meningitis, pneumonia, fits, encephalitis (swelling of the brain), blindness and brain damage.
Furthermore, as these unvaccinated children grow into adulthood, we just may see a return to something akin to the rubella epidemic of 1964-65 was responsible for 20,000 cases of Congenital Rubella Syndrome in the U.S., and more world-wide, and accounted for a flood of deaf and deaf/blind babies being born.*
Wow. What progress.
* I have a cousin who was born about this time, and she is profoundly deaf. I’ve never put two and two together, but I had measles during this time and wonder if my aunt had it as well.