A paper was published in Lancet in 1998 that wrongly linked vaccines to autism. The study, published by Dr. Andrew Wakefield, had no control group, relied on people’s memories, was not based on statistics, and made vague conclusions that were not statistically valid.
Since the time this study was published, there have been dozens of studies done on the subject, and none has found a link between vaccines and autism. In 2004, Lancet released a statement refuting the findings of Wakefield’s 1998 study, saying, among other things, that he cherry-picked data to suit his preferences.
As of 2012, over 14.7 million children have been studied by dozens of studies in multiple countries and there is still no valid evidence that vaccines cause autism. In spite of this, one quarter of parents still believe that vaccines cause autism.
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