While Wakefield's initial flawed data starting the entire anti-vaccination scare in regards to autism has been thoroughly debunked, this is the first time someone has showed that he specifically "fixed" the data that I'm aware of:
THE doctor who sparked the scare over the safety of the MMR vaccine for children changed and misreported results in his research, creating the appearance of a possible link with autism, a Sunday Times investigation has found.
Nicol points out this quote from the article:
Despite involving just a dozen children, the 1998 paper’s impact was extraordinary. After its publication, rates of inoculation fell from 92% to below 80%. Populations acquire “herd immunity” from measles when more than 95% of people have been vaccinated.
Last week official figures showed that 1,348 confirmed cases of measles in England and Wales were reported last year, compared with 56 in 1998. Two children have died of the disease.
You read that? He, along with frightened parents who believed lies, killed two children.
I think it's important to note something, here: vaccines are not 100% effective. If you are someone who believes you are only risking your own children by not vaccinating, you are wrong. You are also risking the lives of children for whom the vaccine was not 100% effective. Parents who vaccinate: if you think, "well, okay, let those folks not vaccinate; my kids are safe," they aren't.
I realize many parents think this is an individual rights issue. But this has become a massive public health issue. Something HAS to change.