VACCINE STUDY WITHDRAWAL
ANCHOR LEAD: THE PAPER THAT LED TO AN ASSOCIATION WITH VACCINES AND AUTISM HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
The study seeming to establish a link between the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine given to children and subsequent development of autism has been withdrawn by the Lancet, the journal that originally published it, on the basis of flaws. Michael Crocetti, chair of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Bayview, says that’s a good thing.
CROCETTI: I think now, the pendulum is swinging back in our favor in regards to vaccine acceptance. There are still strong vocal groups speaking out against vaccines and safety, but the good news is that yes, there’s been a retraction of that article that really changed the landscape of vaccine acceptance for probably a decade, and that was a great step in the right direction but prior to that there were numerous, very good scientific articles that did not show an association between particularly MMR and autism. :31
Crocetti says vaccines are a success story for all when it comes to disease prevention. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.