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All orthodoxies hold beliefs that followers challenge at peril of condemnation,or even expulsion. One powerful orthodoxy is the medical establishment. Three of its beliefs are that vaccination (i) works, (ii) rarely hurts and (iii) is always appropriate.

A grateful public generally went along with these beliefs until:

  • a very brave (some say foolhardy) medical team led by a doctor called Andrew Wakefield reported that they had detected a possible link between the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) and regressive autism (a form of autism where apparently healthy babies regress into autism). They called for more, larger studies to investigate what they had found and to determine what was actually going on
  • the UK medical establishment in the guise of the British Medical Association responded disproportionately in what many began to see as a 'witch hunt'

Sample articles - mmr vaccine

Proof of MMR-autism link growing - UK Government pushes shabby research to save MMR

Danish MMR study irrelevant

Danish study rerun found eightfold autism risk

Danish MMR researcher absconds with $2 million

MMR UK facade criticised

US study finds MMR-autism link

Seven tests to carry out before giving MMR jab

Single jabs - not so fast

New quadruple jab - MMR plus chicken pox

MMR killed my daughter

How many tragedies will it take?

MMR-autism genetic factor

MMR class action

Vaccinations given too young

Measles- usually a mild illness

Mumps - should we worry?

Wakefield - a jab in the dark