Since then, he has been accused of inventing a gastro-intestinal illness and endangering the world because he reported that some of the 12 parents in that UK study had stated that their children’s autistic and gastro-intestinal symptoms had started soon after they had received an MMR vaccination.
It is safe to propose that prior to 1998, parents (and pediatricians) in Utah, Minnesota. North Carolina and elsewhere in the United States had not heard of Dr. Wakefield and had no idea that autistic regression sometimes followed MMR vaccination.
I have been interested in VAERS, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System since it was launched and have acquired some expertise in understanding and evaluating individual reports.
It was with some surprise that I recently discovered that there had been 15 reports filed with VAERS prior to December 31, 1997 by parents stating that their children had developed autistic symptoms after receiving MMR vaccines in the United States.
There seems to be general agreement about the following two statements:
1: A report to VAERS does not necessarily imply causation
2. Only a small percentage of vaccine adverse events are ever reported to VAERS
Read the full article at Vaccination News HERE.