The American Nurses Association Department of Nursing Practice and Policy provides the following information:
The research of Andrew Wakefield linking the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine to incidence of autism was fraudulent, according to a new investigative report. An analysis of hospital and other medical records of the children in Wakefield’s study, compared with the data on the same subjects in the study, indicated that Wakefield and his research team fabricated claims, diagnoses, and other data. Since its publications, Wakefield’s study eroded trust in vaccines, causing some parents to forgo vaccines and a resurgence in measles and other diseases.
This is the latest and perhaps most damaging revelation about Wakefield’s research. Previously, 10 of the 13 authors had renounced the findings, and last year, the publication source The Lancet retracted the study. In addition, Wakefield was stripped of his medical license in the United Kingdom after an investigation of his research methods revealed ethical breaches, including cherry picking study subjects. Also, concerns were raised after it was found Wakefield and his research were funded by a litigation firm that represented families seeking to sue for alleged vaccine injuries.
Read more about the investigation, its findings, and an editorial about the unfortunate damage Wakefield’s claims had on vaccines and vaccine science: www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.c5347