Here’s a myth that obviously has no cure – autism and vaccines. First it was perpetuated by thoroughly discredited research, but now the anti-vaccine crowd has a new champion. Bio-chemical engineer Brian Hooker is screaming CDC cover-up to pretty much anyone who will listen.
On Wednesday, the journal Translational Neurodegeneration published Hooker’s article that supposedly reexamined the 2004 CDC study that disproved the vaccine and autism link. Hooker claimed to have found the smoking gun, statistical evidence that black boys under the age of two were more likely to develop autism after receiving the MMR vaccine.
In a statement, Hooker went full truther. “The CDC knew about the relationship between the age of the first MMR vaccine and autism incidence in African-American boys as early as 2003, but chose to cover it up.”
Hooker also claimed to have a whistleblower on his side, revealed later to be CDC scientist William Thompson. Dr. Thompson freely admits he has issues with CDC transparency and shared his data with Hooker, but then throws Hooker’s assertions under the proverbial bus.
Speaking to CNN, Thompson clearly did not share the conclusions of Hooker. “I want to be absolutely clear that I believe vaccines have saved and continue to save countless lives. I would never suggest that any parent avoid vaccinating children of any race.”
With the article quickly unravelling, Translational Neurodegeneration ripped the article down from its site, citing “serious concerns about the validity of its conclusions.” I believe that’s science for it’s BS.
So, more misinformation for parents. Meanwhile the vaccine rates have dipped in the United States, leading to outbreaks of diseases that are completely preventable. Parents have a choice. Listen to anti-vaccination proponents like Jenny McCarthy. You know, the woman who was on the View. Or, we can listen to science and your local daycare won’t look like a third-world clinic.
The CDC is becoming increasingly worried about the anti-vaccine movement with a statement on their site. “Vaccines protect the health of children in the United States so well that most parents today have never seen first-hand the devastating consequences of diseases now stopped by vaccines. However, our 2014 measles count is the highest number since measles was declared eliminated in 2000. We do not want to lose any opportunity to protect all of our children when we have the means to do so.”
I know, tough choice.