Highly-Regarded Medical Journal Retracts Article

February 17, 2010 at 8:55 am Leave a comment

In 1998, an article published in the highly-regarded Lancet Journal had both parents and the medical community worried. The article set off a sharp decline in vaccinations when it stated that the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine may be unsafe and may be linked to autism.

The discussion around vaccines has been flowing at a fever pitch ever since with no clear answer to ease anyone’s worries. But just last week, the journal set about correcting the record by retracting the controversial 1998 study based on concerns about ethical breaches by one of the study authors, Dr. Andrew Wakefield.

Dr. Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet, stated on a radio program on National Public Radio:

I certainly hope that our retraction today will help to reassure parents that there really isn’t anything to be concerned about with the vaccine. I think there’s a history over many hundreds of years of anti-vaccine movements. We are going to see many, many more vaccines available to the general public, and we all have to be very vigilant about making sure that we build trust and confidence in these vaccines which are going to transform the landscape of health over the next generation.

Listen to the full program HERE.

If you have specific questions about vaccines, talk to your doctor or for general information visit the Immunization and Vaccines page at Health Canada.


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