Report Claims Autism Study Was Fraudulent

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

A British Medical Journal says a study linking the measles mumps rubella vaccine to autism is "an elaborate fraud."

Local experts who deal with autism on a daily basis are reacting.

"I'm hoping with this new information that all parents will look at that and really consider that we really do have facts now that show that research was faulty. And go to their family physician and find out what's best for their child," said Connie Erbert, Heartspring Director of Autism Research.

Some parents that question vaccinations also had a reaction to the report.

"So many people are not opposed to the vaccinations. It's not an opposition completely. It's the amount of them. It's the time frame they're suggesting," said Rose Shoemaker, whose son was diagnosed with autism at 18 months.

The report says Andrew Wakefield was paid thousands of dollars for his research by lawyers who were trying to sue the makers of the measles vaccine. The report also claiming that Wakefield falsified medical histories of patients in the 1998 study.

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