Wakefield wanted to sue manufacturers of the MMR vaccine but lost his medical license in 2010.
Boys were four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls, the study found.
Hundreds of people protested a contentious vaccine bill that would make it harder for OR parents to opt out of school vaccination requirements. They argue that while the results of the research could be accurate in the population level, results could be different in isolated cases, especially to children who have higher risks of autism. This means that there was no connection between the vaccine and autism, they write. Journalist Brian Deer discovered in 2011 that Wakefield pocketed over $75,000 while trying to prove the link between vaccines and autism. Two doses of MMR vaccine are about 97 percent effective at preventing measles, and one dose is about 93 percent effective. Researchers studied and documented diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder and also all the risk factors of the disorder including low eight birth, preterm birth, autism diagnosis in sibling and age of parents. The study reported an increased incidence of autism among children vaccinated with the MMR vaccine.
The myth linking MMR to autism continues to circulate even though it was completely debunked years ago. However, Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe, as well as several other anti-vaccine documentaries and books, are still available for purchase from the e-commerce giant.
This was a remarkable achievement given that in the years before measles vaccine was widely available (1963), an estimated 3 to 4 million people in the United States were infected each year, 48,000 were hospitalized and 400-500 died...a lot of them children.
The editorial sets a rather bleak tone, stating, "It has been said that we now live in a "fact-resistant" world, where data have limited persuasive value".
Just a 5% reduction in vaccination coverage can triple measles cases in the community, researchers note.
Measles, which was declared an eliminated significant public health threat in the United States for two decades, has re-emerged in the Pacific Northwest and other states where vaccination campaigns are not reliable and parents have broad leeway over whether to vaccinate their children. For example, anyone born between 1970 and 1996 likely would have received only one dose of the MMR vaccine, since the second dose method wasn't added until 1996.