Thursday, January 20, 2011

Revelation of Wakefield's fraudulent Autism study is unlikely to convince the anti-vaxers.

          This morning I ran across an article on USA Today speaking about the recent revelation that Andrew Wakefield's 1998 study on the link between autism and the MMR vaccine was not only inaccurate but fraudulent.  Some seemed to think this would put this whole debate to bed, but I wasn't surprised when a quick examination of the comments for this article revealed many unconvinced posters.  People with a conspiracy theory will usually interpret evidence against the conspiracy as a cover up, and therefore even more proof that they conspiracy is true.  I very much doubt anti-vax proponents like Jenny McCarthy or even
Wakefield himself will even slow down, I even predict they will
continue to quote this study.

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