The Danish Statens Serum Institut (SSI) has published the largest study to date on the link between the BMR vaccine and autism. The conclusion is as clear as glass: there is no demonstrable connection between vaccination and autism.
The Danish research team bases its results on studies of no less than 657,461 children, which they followed for 13 years - from 2000 to 2013.
Autism was diagnosed in 6517 out of 657,461 children during the course of the study, and the diagnosis was made just as often in children who had and had not received the BMR vaccination.
'Autism was as common in children who had received the BMR vaccination as in the total of 31,619 children who had not been vaccinated. That's why we have to conclude that the BMR vaccine does not increase the risk of autism, "said SSI senior researcher Anders Hviid.
The World Health Organization WHO included the so-called anti-vaxxers in 2019 in its top 10 of the biggest threats to public health. www.who.int/emergencies/ten-threats-to-global-health-in-2019
Fraud caused fear
The incorrect link between BMR vaccination and autism is due to one English study from 1998, in which 12 children were examined by a team led by British physician Andrew Wakefield.
In the meantime, his research has been withdrawn and other studies have repeatedly found that there is no connection between the vaccine and autism.
The results of the Statens Serum Institut now published are therefore not unique.
In 2002, the SSI even published the results of a large-scale study of 537,303 children with exactly the same conclusion: there is no demonstrable link between the BMR vaccine and the detection of autism.
Yet in the Western world, many people were gripped by fear - not least due to the influence of celebrities on social media.
One of the consequences of this is that the number of measles cases in Europe has tripled in recent years.
We must therefore conclude that the BMR vaccine does not increase the risk of autism. Senior researcher Anders Hviid, SSI
Small fraud with major consequences
1998 - The lie is born
On the stairs of London's Royal Free Hospital, a research team led by physician Andrew Wakefield announces the shocking results of two years of research: there is a direct link between BMR vaccination and autism in children.
The official report will be published a year later in the leading medical journal The Lancet.
The study was a case study of 12 children, meaning that the report and the results are based on selected test subjects, who are interviewed, examined and tested on the basis of an already defined theory - in this case the BMR vaccine contributes to autism.
From the outset, the methods, results and conclusions of the report have been firmly under fire in scientific circles.
2002 - Anxiety is spreading
Just four years after Wakefield's announcement on the stairs of London's Royal Free Hospital, a British study shows that "nearly 50 percent of practicing doctors report parents who have difficulty in vaccinating their children."
The fear of the parents is caused, among other things, by the fact that many well-known people from the entertainment industry, among others, speak out against vaccination.
Among the prominent are:
Robert de Niro
2004 - Aid is withdrawn
10 of the original 13 co-authors of Wakefield's report withdraw their support for the results.
They do this in an article The Lancet under the heading 'Retraction of an interpretation', the essence of which is that they believe the report does not support Andrew Wakefield's conclusion, namely that there is a link between BMR vaccination and autism.
2007 - Wakefield is in trouble
The English Patient Safety Council, the General Medical Council (GMC), is starting an official investigation into three doctors behind the 1998 investigation, including Andrew Wakefield.
The council does this in response to persistent newspaper reports about forged research data and economic interests surrounding Wakefield's research.
Andrew Wakefield leaves England and moves to Texas, USA.
2010 - 'Unfair' doctor loses doctor's license
After a thorough three-year investigation, the GMC will come to a conclusion in January 2010.
All three doctors have committed scientific misconduct, and the GMC finds that Andrew Wakefield "abused his position" and behaved "unethically," "irresponsibly," and "unfairly."
As a result, Andrew Wakefield and one of the other doctors are no longer allowed to practice their profession in England.
2010 - Wakefields results are withdrawn
Immediately after the announcement of the conclusions of the GMC The Lancet the original scientific article.
"Lancet 12," as the article has now been baptized, will be removed from The Lancet but the magazine is not done with Wakefield yet.
Opposite The New York Times explains The Lancet that Wakefield's secret economic interests are also a reason for the withdrawal.
"Part of Dr. Wakefield's research was funded by parents' lawyers who wanted to sue the vaccine producers. Moreover, in 1997, Dr. Wakefield had patented an alternative measles vaccine, which would be a great success if the existing combination vaccine were withdrawn or discredited. "
2019 - Major research makes mince myth
The Danish Statens Serum Institut publishes for the second time a major study into the link between the BMR vaccine and autism. And the second time the conclusion is clear: no connection can be demonstrated.
The Danish research team bases its results on research of 657,461 children who have been followed for 13 years.