Britain’s General Medical Council stripped Doctor Andrew Wakefield of his license to practice medicine for linking autism to vaccines for measles and other diseases.
Doctor Andrew Wakefield was born into a family of doctors, after receiving his doctoral licence in 1981 in Canada, he became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1985. He published many research papers in his field and became interested in the possible link between autism and vaccines reported BBC.
The research piece that Wakefield published in 1998 in the Lancet, a medical journal, provided sufficient evidence that vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella could produce autistic symptoms in kids. According to AP, after the paper caused a stir, the number of kids that received vaccinations went from 95 percent in 1995 to 50 percent in 2000, in the UK.
Even though many pieces printed in medical journals say that vaccines for measles are safe and could have prevented the recent outbreaks, Wakefield stood by his research results and opened up an autism center in U.S. in 2004.
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