I hate to say "I told you so" but...
The first study to link a childhood vaccine to autism was based on doctored information about the children involved, according to a new report on the widely discredited research.
The conclusions of the 1998 paper by Andrew Wakefield and colleagues was renounced by 10 of its 13 authors and later retracted by the medical journal Lancet, where it was published. Still, the suggestion the MMR shot was connected to autism spooked parents worldwide and immunization rates for measles, mumps and rubella have never fully recovered.
A new examination found, by comparing the reported diagnoses in the paper to hospital records, that Wakefield and colleagues altered facts about patients in their study.
In an accompanying editorial, BMJ editor Fiona Godlee and colleagues called Wakefield's study "an elaborate fraud." They said Wakefield's work in other journals should be examined to see if it should be retracted.
Science is right, Jenny McCarthy is wrong, and vaccines are safe. Which is why my wife and I are vaccinating JezLil for pretty much everything there are childhood vaccines for.
As a side note: Special thanks to the multiple readers who e-mailed me about this story. I just love knowing y'all care, and it doesn't much matter to me whether you care about me or about vaccines so much as we can collectively dispel this nonsense about vaccines causing autism. Y'all are awesome.