No, Andy Wakefield did not create vaccine hesitancy

Whenever you read an article in a newspaper or magazine or listen to a report on TV or radio by the mainstream corporate media, in most cases what you’ll get is a reference to Dr. Andrew Wakefield and the MMR/autism paper he wrote with  Prof. John Walker Smith and Dr. Simon Burch (plus 10 co-authors) and had published in the British medical journal The Lancet in 1998. Predictably, the article or report will repeat the now well-known propaganda about how that “retracted” paper linking the MMR vaccine to autism was “debunked” and its author “discredited.”

Inevitably, somewhere in the article or report it will say that the Wakefield study was responsible for the subsequent sharp declines in the number of parents vaccinating their children, thus supposedly leading to countless kids being left unprotected and harmed by infectious diseases. Mainstream reporters and journalists cite the Wakefield study as the point in which parents began to distrust vaccines, and that this is what led to today’s growing anti-vaccine movement. This historical account is false. The anti-vaccine movement has been around since the day Edward Jenner came up with his crude smallpox vaccine in 1796.

But if you had to come up with a key point in modern history that fueled the growth of public distrust in vaccines, it wouldn’t be the Wakefield paper in 1998 but rather the Emmy Award winning documentary “DTP: Vaccine Roulette” by investigative journalist Leah Thompson in 1982. This was 16 years BEFORE anyone had even heard of Andrew Wakefield. Oh please… the man had received his medical degree only the year before (1981). He was just starting his medical career. You’re gonna lay all that heavy on him? Watch the video.

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4 thoughts on “No, Andy Wakefield did not create vaccine hesitancy

  1. I think there are those that are missing the point here . Dr Andy Wakefield is NOT anti Vaxx … Dr Andy is about healthy vaccinations ‘ if there is such a thing that could be made possible ‘ … Dr Wakefield brought into light the connection between the MMR and how children became ill after the fact …
    I don’t think Vactruth is trying to distance itself, my thoughts are that they’re right that these problems have been around forever and Dr Andy highlighted one particular challenge that was found …. I believe he was used as a patsy … The focus needed to be taken away from the issues of illness in children because of the links found , and brought back to the mainstream way of thinking …

  2. Christen Collins
    Dr. Wakefield was for safer vaccines years ago but after a decade of research and looking at the data he has said he would never recommend or give a vaccine with what he knows now. As you learn, you grow.

  3. There are a couple of interesting things about the Wakefield paper and how it’s reported, or should I say not reported in the MSM. The MSM consistently reports that Wakefield stated in that report-which they never name, the MMR causes autism. I’ll usually ask in the comment section if the article writer knows the name of the paper? If there is no comment section I send them an email and ask. I never get a response. This is the conclusion of the retracted paper:

    We did not prove an association between measles,mumps, and rubella vaccine and the syndrome described.
    Virological studies are underway that may help to resolve this issue.

    If there is a causal link between measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine and this syndrome, a rising incidence
    might be anticipated after the introduction of this vaccine in the UK in 1988. Published evidence is inadequate to
    show whether there is a change in incidence or a link with measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine. A genetic predisposition to autistic-spectrum disorders is suggested by over-representation in boys and a greater concordance
    rate in monozygotic than in dizygotic twins…

    We have identified a chronic enterocolitis in children that may be related to neuropsychiatric dysfunction. In most cases, onset of symptoms was after measles, mumps, and rubella immunisation. Further investigations
    are needed to examine this syndrome and its possible relation to this vaccine.

    Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children. Lancet 1998; 351: 637-641.
    A J Wakefield, S H Murch, A Anthony, J Linnell, D M Casson, M Malik, M Berelowitz, A P Dhillon, M A Thomson, P Harvey, A Valentine, S E Davies, J A Walker-Smith.

    On Age of Autism one of the many articles on the Wakefield witch hurt posted this statement:
    “Fiona Godlee, the editor of the BMJ, says that the journal’s conclusion of fraud was not based on the pathology but on a number of discrepancies between the children’s records and the claims in the Lancet paper…”
    THE ACCURACY HAS NOT BEEN DISPUTED and still isn’t to this day.

    The British High Court adjudicated in favor of Professor Dr. Walker-Smith when he appealed to have his license reinstated. This is what was concluded:
    The judge found only one misleading statement in the paper, but it was not because investigations undertaken were unethical experiments described as gaining ethical approval in the paper according to the now-overturned findings on which the paper’s retraction was based. On the contrary, it was because investigations in the paper were described as being ethically approved when most were clinically indicated and required no such approval, although a few investigations were ethically approved. This may require an erratum, but it does not justify keeping the paper fully retracted.

    England and Wales High Court (Administrative Court)
    Decision Between: PROFESSOR JOHN WALKER-SMITH Appellant- and – GENERAL MEDICAL COUNCIL- Respondent.
    MR STEPHEN MILLER QC AND MS ANDREA LINDSAY-STRUGO (instructed by EASTWOODS SOLICITORS) for the Appellant MISS JOANNA GLYNN QC AND MR CHRISTOPHER MELLOR (instructed by FIELD FISHER WATERHOUSE LLP) for the Respondent
    Hearing dates: 13th. 14th, 15th, 16th & 17th February 2012
    http://www.bailii(dot)org/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2012/503.html

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