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    New look at study shows facts linking MMR vaccine to autism may be altered

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    A British study linking autism to childhood vaccines is reportedly a fraud.

    According to the British Medical Journal, Dr. Andrew Wakefield altered information in the 1998 study. Unfortuantely, the scare is still very real to some families.

    More cases of measles and mumps have been reported in the last 10 years, than any other year since 1997.  Dr. Katherine Burns is a developmental pediatrician for UAMS.

    She says after Dr. Andrew Wakefield's false study in 1998 linking autism and vaccines -- parents have been unnecessarily cautious before vaccinating their children.

    "Its very confusing for parents though because vaccines are given within that 12-18 month range and if they know their child has been vaccinated and then see their child losing some skills, it makes sense in their mind to say, "Well, I've seen other parents give vaccines to their children and they had regression, so did mine." However it appears to be a coincidence.

    "There are a variety of reasons why parents choose not to vaccinate their children and the one we discourage the most is basing that decision off false science. I have not seen any evidence that points to vaccines being the cause of autism."

    Loren Kim is receiving her 4 year old vaccinations today and the phrase, "Mommy knows best" is especially true for her.

    Her mother, Elizabeth, is a pediatrician and says getting her children vaccinated is the best decision.

    "The studies were so inconclusive, we felt safe giving them to our patients because the risks were less than the benefits. But when you start think about it with your own children, I worried about it some but in the end I knew it was the right thing to do with my kids."

    Burns told us, while the medical community does not quite understand all the causes of autism, they do know there is a genetic component.

    The U.K. stripped Wakefield of his medical license in May due to unethical practices related to the fake autism study.




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