Study linking autism to MMR vaccine retracted

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – The UAB Civitan International Research Center says that a research study from a premier medical journal that linked autism to the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine has been retracted.

"The Lancet" first published the study in 1998 to draw the link between autism and the vaccine.

Dr. Alan Percy at the UAB Civitan International Research Center say the study's finding have long been questioned by the scientific community.

"Over the years, study after study had found no causal relationship between the MMR vaccine and autism," said Percy. "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."

The Lancet retracted the paper after finding several falsities in the research.

UAB hopes the retraction will help to alleviate fears of the MMR vaccine.

"It underscores the safety and efficacy of vaccines, whether the MMR or others, and should restore the public's confidence in vaccines' ability to ward off these very serious illnesses," says Percy.