Thursday, 28 January 2010


We all remember the uproar surrounding the alleged link between the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccination and early onset autism. This link has now been disproved, but the campaign by the doctor who suggested the link to dissuade parents from having their children vaccinated using that vaccine has led to an upsurge in cases of the diseases mentioned.

Dr Wakefield is accused of acting in a manner that did not serve the interests of children over the way he conducted his research. The British General Medical Council upheld that opinion today, although some of the parents that support Dr Wakefield heckled the GMC chairman as he delivered his conclusions. The GMC must now decide whether Dr Wakefield is guilty of serious professional misconduct. If he is found guilty, he could be struck off, and barred from practicing as a medical doctor in the United Kingdom.

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