Anti-vaccine doctor meets with Somalis

  • Article by: MAURA LERNER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 24, 2011 - 10:46 AM

An organizer said Andrew Wakefield is helping build support for a study of autism in the Somali community.

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drgymllMar. 23, 11 9:06 PM

That's great because we all know we just don't have enough children stricken with Measles. The death of nine infants in California of Pertussis is I guess justifiable in the eyes of Patti Carrol and Wakefield. But will Dr. Wakefield step in and take care of these children with measles if they get encephalitis? Of course not because he has been STRIPPED of his license by lying and making a fortune duping unsuspecting parents. God have mercy on his soul.

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karova100Mar. 23, 11 9:08 PM

Andrew Wakefield should be brought up on charges for the irreparable harm he has caused hundreds or thousands of people by his scientific fraud. All his findings linking vaccines to autism have been scientifically proven fraudulent and later he was found to be taking money from lawyers suing the companies providing the vaccines. Measles, mumps, and rubella were nearly eliminated from first world countries until his garbage was published (since retracted). He should crawl in a hole and stay there.

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kojack45Mar. 23, 11 9:09 PM

Hmm..not sure what he is going to say, after all he has no power with his study. I am pretty sure he didn't go to Somalia for his data. They do not have the vaccination in that country and they do not diagnose for autism.

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justicemnMar. 23, 11 9:27 PM

He is no longer licensed to practice medicine as his license was revoked. To not point that out in the article was irresponsible. He is a real danger to kids and society in general. Just look up his conflict of interests.

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smittyjsMar. 23, 11 9:33 PM

I hope that someone questions this guys medical license... IMO All of this has been hashed over and proven false, this puts a lot of kids at risk.

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ChambamMar. 23, 11 9:46 PM

11 of the 13 people who worked with Wakefield on his study retracted their work, admitting it was fraud, and Wakefield accepted money from parents to provide the outcome they wanted on the study. When will this guy be charged with a crime?

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tlitzingerMar. 23, 11 9:46 PM

Calling him an anti vaccine doctor is irresponsible reporting. He has simply found a correlation and said that this should be looked into more. The problem with vaccines is not with Wakefield, is not with these parents and are also not with you guys that are so bitter about a different point of view. The blame goes with everybody! The CDC is one group I blame the most. They have developed a vaccine plan that involves multiple vaccines, multiple shots in one sitting. Some of these at an age in which the infants can't even develop immunity properly anyway. The CDC has not responded to the parents concerns by providing an alternative schedule that separates the shots by a reasonable amount of time or alternative ideas for parents whose kids have had some sort of reaction (which likely means a worse reaction next time). Some responsibility goes to the Doctors. Unwilling to look at the patients as individuals, not thinking and just forcing these multiple vaccinations even when there may have been some sensitivity to it prior. And some go to the parents, reacting to this as if the whole idea of vaccines is wrong and unwilling to look at how to achieve positive outcomes, immunity, in the safest way possible That is, if there isn't allergies or if the allergies are only to one of the shots. Listen people, there is this thing out there called medication allergies. Many people have them and some may actually even have an allergy to vaccinations. (Duh)! These people have been ignored. Start respecting these parents, trust parental instincts that suggests there just may be a correlation that studies haven't found and accept that not everyone can get all the vaccinations. "They" haven't looked very well, the studies are only about looking at studies that were biased against any problems to begin with. Nobody has actually attempted a real study on the subject).

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nonewtaxesMar. 23, 11 9:51 PM

This guy is a danger to the community.

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sntenbenselMar. 23, 1110:26 PM

Calling him the "anti-vaccine doctor" is bad reporting. "Ex-doctor, whose faulty research regarding vaccination meets with Somali community" would be more appropriate. Too simplistic a title. Hopefully the health department and other Somali leaders are countering his visits with an aggressive campaign to get these children vaccinated. Ignorance breeds epidemics

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georgina17Mar. 23, 1110:36 PM

Wakefield and previous to create a "cause" for autism have been so thoroughly and consistently discredited by research around the world and the retraction of the mislead co-authors that there is no way that he can do, or be expected or trusted to do, anything credible in the field. Leaders of the Somali community owe it to their people to protect them from this man. The last thing they need is to get their hopes up and waste their time and opportunities to get real help while they listen to him or follow his "study protocol". To compound their situation by spreading measles is even more sorrowful. And then exposing others to the virus by not maintaining a community of immunized children is unethical on everyone's part.

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