Rebecca - posted on 03/10/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )
Woke up to see a link to an article Jenny McCarthy wrote on Wakefield's partner being exonerated of professional misconduct. From the article you would have thought it was proven that the actual study wasn't still considered a joke. She also left out this quote from the judge:
‘There is now no respectable body of opinion which supports [Dr Wakefield’s] hypothesis that MMR vaccine and autism [or] enterocolitis are causally linked.’
Here's the link to her article, entitled "MMR Doctor Exonerated - Who's Guilty Now:
I'm also adding an article from the Daily Mail, written by an actual reporter, that includes the quote from the judge and the supporting quote from a doc reiterating that this ruling does not mean the study is a viable one now:
Dr Helen Bedford, a senior lecturer at the UCL Institute of Child Health, added: ‘There has never been any sound evidence of a link. Indeed, there is a strong body of research showing no link. However, many parents who were anxious about the safety of the MMR vaccine decided not to have their children immunized.
‘Fortunately, it is never too late to have the MMR vaccine and I would strongly recommend that young people who missed out when they were younger have two doses of the vaccine to protect them.
So, what do you think, does will this put a more fire behind people like Jenny who still believe the study has validity? Does it put a shadow of doubt into your thinking? It doesn't mine, but I'm interested in hearing different sides on this.