ENGLAND (KLTV) – A British medical journal is saying the landmark study that linked autism with childhood vaccinations is all a lie. But the doctor behind the study is sticking by his research.
A 1998 scientific study linking autism to childhood vaccines is being called an elaborate fraud.
An investigation published in the British medical journal accuses the author of the study, Dr. Andrew Wakefield of misrepresenting or altering the medical histories of the twelve patients the study was based on.
An autism medical expert says "It's been devastating because he and a click of lawyers and anti vaccine activists have been able to spread anxiety, export it from the United Kingdom, bring it to the United States, as a result, we're now seeing parents are anxious about vaccination."
But Wakefield is standing by his study.
"He is a hit man; he has been brought in to take me down because they are very concerned about the adverse reactions to vaccines that are occurring in children," said the expert. "We keep trying to convince parents that the most important thing they can do to protect children is to have them immunized."
Last year, the British medical journal that originally published Wakefield's study, "The Lancet," retracted it.
Wakefield, who is attending a vaccine conference in Jamaica, says despite being stripped of his medical license in Britain, he will continue his work.
Wakefield's research panicked many parents. Medical experts say measles cases in Britain and the United States went up after vaccination rates dropped.