It was a landmark study that helped fuel the highly-charged debate over whether the MMR vaccine was linked to autism in children.
Now, more than a decade later, the medical journal The Lancet, which published the study, is retracting it. Our Alina Cho has the report.
CNNHealth: Controversial autism study retracted
It is simplistic to say that vaccines do not cause autism or that vaccines cause autism. A certain vaccine may not cause autism, per se. One has to consider other kinds of vaccine, the age of the child, the child's predispotition and health status, and whether it was given together with other vaccines or additives. But it is also wrong to disregard other factors like genetics, and other physiologic, chemical, and biologic factors. We should also know who are behind these pronouncements, who made the studies, and especially, who are funding these studies or research. Experience has taught us, that some in the government, medical establishments, and people who are supposed to look after our welfare are made up of human beings who have their own agendas and not above the temptation of the mighty dollar.This is not to say that there are none to be trusted. Yes, we still have people who are worthy of our trust. But let us not be blinded by the first hurrah! Let us go on and continue to look for the answer, so that we do not fear for a child's future.
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