MMR-autism paper retracted

Medical health journal the Lancet has retracted a report which drew a connection between the MMR vaccine and an increased incidence of autism.

The study, originally published in 1998, was withdrawn after it was discovered that it contained claims since proven to be false.

Alan Percy, professor of paediatric neurology, commented: "Over the years, study after study had found no causal relationship between the MMR vaccine and autism.

"This was of particular concern since the 1998 study was often cited by parents as a reason to not vaccinate their children with the MMR vaccine."

Despite continuing scientific doubt, the report caused much distress among the media and parents after it linked the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to a higher incidence of autism among children.

Professor Percy hopes that the removal of the paper will "restore the public's confidence in the vaccine's ability to ward off these very serious illnesses".

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