Vaccines

Vaccines largely safe, U.S. expert panel finds

Source: 
Reuters
Date Published: 
August 25, 2011
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After a close review of more than 1,000 research studies, a federal panel of experts has concluded that vaccines cause very few side effects, and found no evidence that vaccines cause autism or type 1 diabetes.

The report, issued on Thursday by the Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academies of Sciences, is the first comprehensive report on vaccine side effects since 1994.

Measels Outbreak Triggered by Unvaccinated Child

Source: 
US News & World Report
Date Published: 
March 22, 2010
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The family's 7-year-old boy, who was intentionally unvaccinated against measles, was exposed to the virus while traveling in Europe. When he returned home to San Diego, he unknowingly exposed a total of 839 people, and an additional 11 unvaccinated children contracted the disease.

Justices Rule Vaccine Firms Protected From Suits

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal
Date Published: 
February 23, 2011
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The Supreme Court handed a victory to vaccine makers Tuesday, ruling 6-2 that U.S. law shields them from product-liability suits alleging defects in a vaccine's design. The high court ruled in the case of a Pennsylvania couple who alleged that their daughter suffered profound impairments after receiving a diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine made by Wyeth, now part of Pfizer Inc. The result takes a key legal tool out of the hands of those who contend their children's autism was caused by vaccines.

The Tragedy Of The Fraudulent MMR Autism Link, A Personal Story

Source: 
Medical News Today
Date Published: 
February 7, 2011
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Medical journalist recaps his struggle to determine if vaccinations caused his son to be diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome concluding that it would not have made the slightest bit of difference if we had refused to vaccinate when our son was small, claiming any conspiracy theories are not based on any compelling data.

Study Linking Autism, Vaccines Deemed an "Elaborate Fraud"

Date Published: 
January 5, 2011
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Andrew Wakefield’s 1998 MMR study, originally published and then retracted by the Lancet, has been called an “elaborate fraud” by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) after a lengthy investigation. BMJ concluded Dr. Andrew Wakefield misrepresented or altered the medical histories of all 12 of the patients whose cases formed the basis of the 1998 study -- and that there was "no doubt" Wakefield was responsible.

Andrew Wakefield’s 1998 MMR study, originally published and then retracted by the Lancet, has been called  an “elaborate fraud” by the British Medical Journal (BMJ)  after a lengthy investigation. BMJ concluded Dr. Andrew Wakefield misrepresented or altered the medical histories of all 12 of the patients whose cases formed the basis of the 1998 study -- and that there was "no doubt" Wakefield was responsible.

"It's one thing to have a bad study, a study full of error, and for the authors then to admit that they made errors," Fiona Godlee, BMJ's editor-in-chief said in an interview on CNN. "But in this case, we have a very different picture of what seems to be a deliberate attempt to create an impression that there was a link by falsifying the data."Britain stripped Wakefield of his medical license in May.

"Meanwhile, the damage to public health continues, fueled by unbalanced media reporting and an ineffective response from government, researchers, journals and the medical profession," BMJ states in an editorial accompanying the work.

The new examination found, by comparing the reported diagnoses in Wakefield's paper to hospital records, that Wakefield and colleagues altered facts about pateients in their study. The analysis, by award winning British journalist Brian Deer, found that despite the claim in the paper that the 12 children studied were normal until they had the MMR, five had previously documented developmental problems. Deer also found that all the cases were somehow misrepresented when he compared data from medical records and the children's parents.

Media coverage of this story:

Video:
CNN: Retracted autism study an ‘elaborate fraud,’ British Journal finds -
http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/01/05/autism.vaccines/index.html

Traditional Media:
CNN:  Medical Journal: Study Linking Autism, Vaccines is "Elaborate Fraud" - http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/01/06/autism.vaccines/index.html
ABC News' Good Morning America: Fraudulent Vaccine Research Exposed - http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/fraudulent-vaccine-research-exposed-12553656
USA Today: Report Linking Vaccine to Autism ‘An Elaborate Fraud' - http://www.usatoday.com/yourlife/health/medical/autism/2011-01-06-autism06_ST_N.htm
LA Times: Wakefield's Paper Linking MMR Vaccine to Autism a Fraud - http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jan/05/news/la-heb-andrew-wakefield-01052011
MNT: Study Linking Autism To MMR Vaccine "An Elaborate Fraud" - http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/212899.php

Social Media:
Forbes: Thimerosal-Autism Link Was A Legal Theory In Search Of Science- http://blogs.forbes.com/danielfisher/2011/01/05/thimerosol-autism-link-was-a-legal-theory-in-search-of-science/?boxes=businesschannelsections
LB/RBBMJ editorial: Wakefield’s article linking MMR vaccine and autism was fraudulent - http://leftbrainrightbrain.co.uk/2011/01/06/bmj-editorial-wakefields-article-linking-mmr-vaccine-and-autism-was-fraudulent/
ABC Nightline: For Doctor Accused of Falsifying Vaccine-Autism Link: What Consequences? - http://blogs.abcnews.com/nightlinedailyline/2011/01/for-doctor-accused-of-falsifying-vaccine-autism-link-what-consequences.html
LB/RBThe National Autism Association tries and fails to defend Andrew Wakefield’s fraud - http://leftbrainrightbrain.co.uk/2011/01/the-national-autism-association-tries-and-fails-to-defend-andrew-wakefields-fraud/

An Epidemic of Fear: How Panicked Parents Skipping Shots Endangers Us All

Source: 
Wired Magazine
Date Published: 
October 19, 2009
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Paul Offit, award-winning 58-year-old scientist, is hated for his opinion on vaccination. He boldly states — in speeches, in journal articles, and in his 2008 book Autism’s False Prophets — that vaccines do not cause autism or autoimmune disease or any of the other chronic conditions that have been blamed on them. He supports this assertion with meticulous evidence. And he calls to account those who promote bogus treatments for autism — treatments that he says not only don’t work but often cause harm.

Autism Drug Aims to Balance Brain Signals

Source: 
New Scientist
Date Published: 
September 15, 2010

Prenatal and Infant Exposure to Thimerosal From Vaccines and Immunoglobulins and Risk of Autism

Source: 
Pediatrics
Date Published: 
September 13, 2010
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In this study prenatal and early-life exposure to ethylmercury from thimerosal-containing vaccines and immunoglobulin preparations was not related to increased risk of ASDs.

CDC Study Shows No Vaccine, Autism Link

Source: 
Web MD
Date Published: 
September 13, 2010
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Exposure to thimerosal-containing vaccines in infancy or in the womb is not associated with an increased risk for developing autism, according to a new study from the CDC. The analysis indicated that children with the greatest exposures had slightly lower rates of autism than those who received fewer thimerosal-containing vaccines or none at all.

Prenatal and Infant Exposure to Thimerosal from Vaccines and Immunoglobulins and Risk of Autism

Source: 
Pediatrics, Price et al
Date Published: 
September 2010
Year Published: 
2010

This new study in the journal of Pediatrics indicated that there was no increased risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder associated with receipt of thimerosal-containing vaccines. The study also found no increased risk for any of the subtypes of Autism Spectrum Disorder, including ASD with regression.  In addition, it found no increased risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder associated with prenatal exposure to thimerosal.  No significant differences in exposure effects were found between boys and girls for any of the ASD outcomes; there was no evidence that higher prenatal exposure exacerbated the effects of post-natal exposure; and there was no evidence that concurrent ethylmercury exposure was associated with ASD. In addition, there was no substantive difference in the association between thimerosal exposure and risk for ASD among children with an older sibling with autism and those without an older sibling with autism.