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Vaccines, measles, and film

March 29, 2016

Robert DeNiro did the smart thing in the end, ditching Wakefield’s film from the Tribeca Film Festival. A bit late — it would have been better to give Wakefield the cold shoulder from the start. Extensive research has found no link between vaccines and autism. Wakefield’s study which started that scare was retracted by The Lancet because the research was fraudulent. Wakefield’s medical license was yanked because of ethical lapses in how it was conducted.

Doctors have known for a long time that giving children the measles vaccine reduced mortality not just from measles, but also from other infections. It wasn’t entirely clear why. It turns out that the measles virus compromises the immune system in its memory for past infections. (Cite.)

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