Lancet Medical Journal retracts controversial study of vaccines - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/3/10

Lancet Medical Journal retracts controversial study over childhood vaccines

By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A well known medical journal has formally retracted a study that sparked years of controversy and panic over the safety of childhood vaccines. In 1998 the Lancet Medical Journal published a report by a British doctor that linked the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine with autism. 

Doctors say the paper is one of the biggest reasons parents have increasingly dropped out of vaccination programs for their children, but now, the Lancet has issued a press release stating "It has become clear that several elements of the paper are incorrect."

This comes after a British disciplinary panel ruled last week that the original author had shown a "callous disregard" for children.

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