Andrew Wakefield


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A British-born, Canadian-trained physician best known for his controversial work published in The Lancet, which linked the bowel symptoms in children with autism spectrum disorders to the MMR vaccine. Wakefield’s report and the resulting media coverage led to a steep decline in vaccination rates in the UK.
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Prof Collins claimed the uncertainty over statins was more serious than when Andrew Wakefield wrote a paper linking the MMR vaccine to autism.
The study, led by Dr Andrew Wakefield, has since been discredited by scientists around the world.
That study has since been discredited and Andrew Wakefield, the doctor who led the controversial research, has been struck off.
AS children lie critically ill in the current Measles epidemic, disgraced doctor Andrew Wakefield repeats his assertion that parents should avoid the MMR and opt for separate p p mumps, measles and rubella jabs.
Addressing claims by Dr Andrew Wakefield, the doctor who sparked a global scare about the vaccine 15 years ago, Dr Juhasz said: "The local press in Swansea at the time of the Wakefield furore had a very bias reportage.
It followed a now discredited report by Dr Andrew Wakefield in the late 1990s which linked the vaccine with autism.
However, concerns over the jab's safety were raised in 1998, when a since discredited paper by Dr Andrew Wakefield suggested that the vaccine was linked to increased risk of autism.
The General Medical Council found Professor John Walker-Smith guilty of professional misconduct along with Dr Andrew Wakefield in May 2010.
Babies and young children are offered immunisation against measles, mumps and rubella, but after Andrew Wakefield made an unfounded and discredited link between the MMR jab and autism in 1998, the uptake rate dropped to a low of 79%.
Some parents were reluctant to have their children inoculated with the MMR vaccine - that protects against Measles, Mumps and Rubella - following a now-discredited 1998 report by British doctor Andrew Wakefield.
It is vital children on holiday have the MMR jab to avoid measles, particularly after the Andrew Wakefield vaccine scare
The MMR vaccine has been completely discounted as a possible cause of autism, indeed Dr Andrew Wakefield was struck off the medical register in May last year after being found guilty of serious professional misconduct over his "unethical research".