A medical journal says it was wrong, but many are still not convinced.
Ten of the study's 13 authors renounced the study's conclusions, and The Lancet has previously said it should never have published the research.
A disciplinary panel of Britain's General
Medical Council (GMC) ruled that study author Dr. Andrew Wakefield had presented his
research in an "irresponsible and dishonest" way, and shown a "callous
disregard" for the suffering of the children he studied. Subsequent studies have found no proof that the vaccine is
connected to autism, though some parents are still wary of the
shot. In addition, it has been revealed that Wakefield had been taking money from a lawyer
suing vaccine makers.
Despite Lancet's retraction, many still firmly believe that vaccines cause autism. For years, moms have squared off on this very controversial topic.
Jenny McCarthy, whose son is autistic, has no doubt that vaccines caused her son's condition. She says, "We're not treating autism, we're treating vaccine injury." Of the vaccines, she says: "Take the crap out. Get rid of the ether, the antifreeze, the mercury, the aluminum. They're just cheap preservatives. I'd pay four times as much for a clean vaccine!"
Amanda Peet, a spokeswoman for vaccine advocacy group Every Child by Two, once referred to parents who choose not to vaccinate their children as "parasites" in an interview. She says: "The interesting thing to me about the Hollywood community is that it embraces the scientific evidence for global warming and climate change, but ignores the scientific data showing no link between vaccines and autism."
Pediatrician Dr. Cara Natterson, author of Dangerous or Safe, says: "There has been no thimerosal in vaccines (except flu vaccines) for more than eight years, and the incidence of autism seems to be steadily climbing. Now it is also possible that the definition of autism is changing, and the number of kids who actually have autism isn't really going up, but it's clearly not going down either. If mercury preservative were to blame, then the cohort of kids born since 2001 should have significantly lower rates of autism, and they don't appear to."
Do you think vaccines cause autism? Does this new retraction change YOUR mind?