Wakefield At It Again

Minnesota is having it worst measles outbreak in decades and guess who was involved? Yup, Andrew Wakefield. I don’t put a Dr. before his name because he was stripped of his license years ago.  Why? Well, if you don’t know:

Wakefield’s prominence stems from a 1998 study he authored, which claimed to show a link between the vaccine and autism. The study was later identified as fraudulent and was retracted by the medical journal that published it, and his medical license was revoked.

Basically, he was the guy that started this anti-vaxxer movement and people have died due to his fraud.  The worst part is that he doesn’t stop:

Wakefield, a British activist who now lives in Texas, visited Minneapolis at least three times in 2010 and 2011 to meet privately with Somali parents of autistic children, according to local anti-vaccine advocates.

And the result:

What was Wakefield’s response to the outbreak?

“The Somalis had decided themselves that they were particularly concerned,” Wakefield said last week. “I was responding to that.”

He maintained that he bears no fault for what is now happening within the community: “I don’t feel responsible at all.”

Can someone put this guy in jail or something?

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  2 comments for “Wakefield At It Again

  1. Dr James Pollock
    May 7, 2017 at 11:26 am


    As a 20 year Physician, I agree with utilization of most established vaccines, most of the time….but, this outbreak is mostly a clash of immigrant cultures who do NOT believe in Vaccines often & are moving from around the world to Minnesota.

    Also, if a state, country or area demands Vaccines, then I am ok with that as long as individuals / families are allowed to move somewhere else within reason, but to FORCE anyone to put ANYTHING in their body is a dangerous slippery slope IF taken too far. So far, it has not got to that point in U.S. history. The closest was with the Small Pox Vaccine ( Which I believe in 100% ) , but I would never FORCE any human to take it….simply tell them the law and let them decid to move or not. Laws can be changed because there are Vaccines in the past & will be in the future that will prove to be DANGEROUS/DEADLY with time DESPITE IVORY TOWER STUDIES.



  2. Sir Lance-a-lot
    May 7, 2017 at 9:57 am

    “Can someone put this guy in jail or something?”

    Exiled to a desert island or house arrest with no internet access would suffice, if a jury didn’t want to jail him.

    More importantly, why are these people allowed to refuse necessary vaccines?
    Their religion doesn’t forbid them. In most states, that would be illegal.

    Personally, if no laws were broken by not vaccinating these children, I would open child neglect cases against every one of their parents. The evidence is in the medical records, as surely as fractures in various states of healing.

    My final question: Why hasn’t Wakefield gotten measles yet? Or is HE safely vaccinated?

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