Friday, February 13, 2009
The anti-vaccination movement suffered two major setbacks this week, developments which debunk the beliefs of a vocal minority of parents who fear a link between the shot for Measels, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) and autism. First, the lone 1998 study establishing a link between MMR shots and autism was officially discredited this week by the Times of London, who found that the study used altered data to fix its outcome. Second, a U.S. court yesterday ruled that the the evidence against the MMR/autism connection was "overwhelmingly contrary." As a result of the scare, cases of measles in the United Kingdom—where the now discredited study was conducted—shot up from 56 in 1998 to 1,348 last year. Two UK children died of the preventable disease in that period of time.*...Anti-vaccination crusaders are still not convinced, pointing to incontrovertible evidence that MMR shots conspired with the Bush Administration to blow up the World Trade Center.
*...based on actual news