The British Medical Journal, which is highly regarded in the medical field, has declared the 1998 report of British researcher, Andrew Wakefield, that led to the “Childhood vaccines cause autism movement” was deliberately based on fake data. Further, the report was based on only 12 children. After reviewing Dr. Wakefield’s practices related to the report, a high-level medical group,found him guilty of dishonesty and misconduct. Therefore, there is no scientific proof that autism results from childhood vaccination.
However, since the cause of autism is still unknown, scientists and the medical community must continue to actively search for the cause since some parents still believe in Dr. Wakefield’s report, and their distrust of childhood vaccination needs to end as soon as possible, especially among minority parents because childhood immunization rates are lower in urban African American and Hispanic children than in White children.
Dr. Renee Jenkins, who was the first African American President of the American Academy of Pediatrics, urges parents to vaccinate their children because “we do not want to become a nation of people who are vulnerable to diseases that are deadly”. Information on recommended childhood vaccinations can be obtained from your local health department, your pediatrician, or from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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By Norma J. Goodwin, M.D., Founder and President, Health Power