On February 2, 2010, leading medical journal, The Lancet
, officially retracted a controversial study by Dr Andrew Wakefield. The study, published in 1998 was the first to report a purported link between the MMR vaccine and the onset of autism. That reported association became one of the primary sources cited by those believing in the autism-vaccine link. The retraction came after an independent regulator concluded that the study was flawed. The General Medical Council reported that "there was a biased selection of patients in The Lancet
paper" and that his "conduct in this regard was dishonest and irresponsible."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) praised The Lancet's retraction, saying, "It builds on the overwhelming body of research by the world's leading scientists that concludes there is no link between MMR vaccine and autism”.
The American Nurses Association (ANA) urges nurses to use this opportunity as a teaching moment to remind patients and fellow nursing colleagues that vaccines are very safe and effective. As advocates for patient health, the more knowledge we share, the better people are able to make informed decision about getting vaccinated.
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