Wakefield vows to continue vaccine-autism research

Lylah M. Alphonse

Stripped today of his license to practice medicine, Dr. Andrew Wakefield — whose 1998 study on the Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine and autism led millions of parents to stop vaccinating their children — insists that he will continue with his research into vaccines and autism.

“My concern is for vaccine safety, for a safety-first vaccine policy,” Dr. Wakefield told me in an interview today. “I have every intention of continuing to serve this population of children for as long as I can.”

Earlier today, The British government announced that it had found Wakefield guilty of “serious professional misconduct” in the way that he and his colleagues carried out their research; they are not investigating the science behind it. The ruling affects Wakefield’s ability to practice medicine in the United Kingdom but not in other countries. He is currently not licensed to practice in the U.S., though he does do clinical research here and was on the board of The Thoughtful House for Children, an autism center in Austin, Texas, until he resigned in February 2010.

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Jeffry John Aufderheide is the father of a child injured as a result of vaccination. As editor of the website www.vactruth.com he promotes well-educated pediatricians, informed consent, and full disclosure and accountability of adverse reactions to vaccines.