Anti-immunisation doctor banned in the UK.
As he is now in the US this will do little to slow him down.
Appearing on NBC’s Today Show, Wakefield described the decision as “a little bump on the road.” He claimed the US government has been settling cases of vaccine-induced autism since 1991.
The US government may have been settling claimed cases of vaccine-induced autism, but that doesn’t mean that the link is proven, just that litigation in the US has been successful. In a country where a woman successfully sued a shop owner because she fell over her own child,
or where McDonalds was sued for selling hot coffee[h/t to Tigtog in comments], I don’t think this proves much about the validity of the suits.
Of course they have a sound bite from Jenny McCarthy – prominent anti-vaxxer. Read what Anna has to say about Jenny Mc here.
How long can this disinformation campaign go on? The most disheartening thing about this is that vaccination rates have gone down in the UK since the ‘study’, now discredited, was released and have never regained their previous rates. The UK and the US now have outbreaks of measles every year. Measles are not harmless. Serious infections can lead pneumonia and encephalitis and death. Worldwide measles is the fifth highest cause of death and illness in children. Some children can’t be vacinated because they are too young or have an illness. They rely on herd immunity which, as some parents discovered in Australia in the latest epidemic of whooping cough, isn’t always reliable.
When are people going to accept that autism is not caused by a vaccine? That it doesn’t need a cure?
Note: I am a parent of a child who has elements of both Aspergers and Oppositional Defiance Disorder, but not enough of either to be diagnosed as such. So we get most of the behaviours and associated issues but little of the support. But I still love my child and even if someone said they could wave a magic wand and all the behaviours would change, I’d still selfishly say no, because then my child would be someone else. I also understand that other parents may feel quite differently as their child is on a different part of the spectrum and I respect this. But I still don’t think it is caused by a vaccine.