) In 1998, Dr. Andrew Wakefield published a fraudulent research paper in a medical journal claiming that the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine was linked to autism. His data set included only twelve children. The work of Wakefield was repeatedly disproven by legitimate scientific studies using group sizes of hundreds or even hundreds of thousands of children. Wakefield’s paper was later retracted by the journal that published it.
After a lengthy investigation, Wakefield was found guilty of serious professional misconduct and his right to practice as a doctor in the UK was revoked by
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by the Medical Council.
“In January, after the longest investigation in its history, the council found several instances of what it said was unprofessional conduct by Dr. Wakefield. It cited his taking blood samples for his study from children at his son’s birthday party; he paid each child £5, about $7.20 today, and joked about it later. It also noted that part of the costs of Dr. Wakefield’s research was paid by lawyers for parents seeking to sue vaccine makers for damages.
The panel concluded,” Dr. Kumar said, “that it is the only sanction that is appropriate to protect patients and is in the wider public interest, including the maintenance of public trust and confidence in the profession.” He said the sanction was “proportionate to the serious and wide-ranging findings made against him.””
The backlash of Wakefield’s publication was widespread, especially in the UK, his country of residence. Many parents chose not to vaccinate their children out of fear. The result has been a recent outbreak of measles, both in the UK and the U.S. Measles is a serious childhood disease that poses risks of even more serious complications, including death.
Use what you know about vaccines and the scientific method to write a letter to parents considering leaving their children unvaccinated.
Your letter should:
- Explain how vaccines work.
- Explain some of the reasons Wakefield’s study should not be trusted.
- Be at least two paragraphs long.
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Why don't you start writing?
Lacking a VERY SPECIFIC connection, one must proceed with the preponderance of evidence. There is ONE STUDY that says there is a connection. There are MANY studies that suggest NO such connection. That ONE study is shown to be wrong or improper. Unfortunately, that ONE study is picked up by news media because it is sensational. This makes it carry well on the news. Also, people afraid of government take-over of their lives LOVE the ONE study, because it agrees with their opinion. Not good.
i really don't even know where to start i'm flunking biology ha can you just type me like a paragraph so i can just use that as like a reference when im typing mine? @tkhunny
I did just type you a paragraph. You can now pick on News Media and Public Histrionics as reasons why the foolish study won't die.