MMR paper retraction

Following a hearing by the UK's General Medical Council, the Lancet has retracted the paper by Wakefield et al about the MMR vaccine and autism.

See the COPE guidelines on retraction (on this website) for more details about when and how COPE recommends editors should retract papers.


  • Posted by Josue, 20/7/2012 3.40pm

I know you probably didn't inludce further information due to the length of the post already, but I would be interested to know why Dr Wakefield's other study was blocked. If it was due to poor research practices or something else that could have skewed results I don't think it's a good idea to inludce it in the reasoning. There were some other things I would like more information about too, but I can research them on my own. I think one thing people forget is that because of the nature of vaccines being given at certain ages, and the signs of autism showing up at certain ages, there could "appear" to be a connection without there actually being one. I'm not saying there is or isn't; I'm saying that just because "many" parents report that their child changed after being vaccinated doesn't mean that it was the vaccines that caused the autism. Especially because there are children who are not vaccinated who still develop autism. Another thing that might be something to consider would be for parents to delay some of the vaccines if they are worried about this kind of thing. For instance, we didn't do the Hep B vaccine until our son was about 4 months old. It didn't seem necessary at birth, and this gave his system a chance to get up and running before introducing vaccines. This would also help if you were worried about babies who aren't breastfed (which, incidentally, is not just cesarean born babies. My son was born c-section and is still being breastfed at 1 year, and many babies born vaginally are not breastfed).