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Monday, 9 July, 2007

Dr Andrew Wakefield has "no regrets"

about his upcoming malpractice inquiry starting July 16. Dr Wakefield, as you will recall, sounded alarm bells in 1998 about the alleged role of the MMR vaccine in the rise in autism rates, leading to widespread outrage from medical authorities and his semi-exile in Florida. Said Dr Wakefield:

As Vaclav Havel once said: "Follow the man who seeks the truth; run from the man who has found it." I can't tell you that we know that the MMR vaccine causes autism. But the Department of Health can tell you with 100 per cent certainty that it doesn't, and they believe that, and that concerns me greatly.
has been partly blamed on parents' refusal to give their children the MMR vaccine after Dr Wakefield's study became public. (The same thing happened in 2004 in the UK.)

Last year, of the link between the vaccine preservative thimerosal and autism.


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