Vaccine scares are inevitable and we need to plan accordingly
Twelve years after The Lancet published the study by Wakefield and colleagues1 that suggested a link between measles–mumps–rubella (MMR) vaccination, inflammatory bowel disease and autism, the journal has fully retracted the article. The retraction followed the findings of the Fitness to Practise Panel of the UK General Medical Council, released 28 January 2010, that certain statements in the article were false — namely, that children were “consecutively referred” and that investigations were “approved” by the local ethics committee.2
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