Nonetheless, the publication of his study has caused a substantial drop in global vaccination rates as people are afraid of exposing their children to risks of autism.
But, the damage has been done.
Many criticized the results of studies debunking Wakefield.
The largest study ever into vaccinnations and autism determined there is no link between the two, even if the child has a high risk of developing the condition.
The team of new scientists is set out to overturn these arguments and debunk them one by one.
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Researchers at Copenhagen's Statens Serum Institut examined data for Danish children born from 1999 through the end of 2010, more than half a million people all together. In addition, about one in every 1,000 children with measles develops risky swelling in the brain that can cause convulsions, deafness and intellectual disabilities.
If you have been paying attention to the news, you know that there has been a significant increase worldwide of measles in areas where there are high numbers of unvaccinated children.
With an air of frustration, the authors write, "Even in the face of substantial and increasing evidence against an MMR-autism association, the discussion around the potential link has contributed to vaccine hesitancy".
"To the extent that there has been a recent increase in measles cases due to parents not vaccinating their children, this study provides compelling evidence that the measles vaccine does not lead to autism in healthy children or in children believed to be at increased risk for autism", said Adesman.
The study was published along with an editorial written by Saad B. Omer and Dr. Inci Yildirim from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
The study is not a controlled one and so there are a variety of variables unaccounted for. "For people who receive the recommended two doses of vaccine (at 12-15 months and between 4 and 6 years), the vaccine is 97% effective in preventing disease".
The data underscore how anti-vaccine sentiment and the rising incidence of vaccine refusal threaten to revive a public health threat that had been declared eliminated almost 20 years ago. The researchers further concluded that vaccination is not likely to trigger the developmental disorder in susceptible populations and is not associated with a clustering of cases appearing after immunization. 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. "My parents thought they were doing the right thing".