29 Apr 2016

Anti-Vax Sentiment - Brian Deer

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:10 pm on 29 April 2016

It's World Immunization Week. And Vaccination is still the best way at preventing a disease or illness. Despite gains in vaccination coverage in some regions and countries the past year, global vaccination targets are proving difficult to meet. Here in New Zealand one of the barriers to vaccination is the persistant belief that it can cause autism in children. The origin of this myth was a paper by Andrew Wakefield in 1998 which claimed to have found a link. The evidence in the paper was later found to be falsified and Wakefield was struck off the medical register. The man responsible for uncovering the fraudulent research was Brian Deer.

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