Expert calls on doctors to inform patients of lack of vaccine-autism link

A noted expert from the Mayo Clinic recently urged doctors to review the extensive research that has disabused a connection between the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and autism.

In the September issue of the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Dr. Gregory Poland wrote that Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s infamous study connecting the MMR vaccine with autism that appeared in the British medical journal The Lancet was retracted and has been proven fraudulent, according to

“A rising portion of the population is deciding not to immunize their children because of this controversy, and these children are now susceptible to the measles virus,” Poland, the director of the Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group in Rochester, Minnesota, said, reports. “The results have been devastating. The campaign against the vaccine has caused great harm to public health across multiple nations, even though it has no scientific basis. There have been over 20 studies, spanning two decades, conducted in several countries. Not one has found scientific evidence of a connection between autism spectrum disorders and MMR vaccine.”

Poland recommended that physicians, patients and the media familiarize themselves with the research debunking Wakefield’s claims in order to help rectify the misinformation. The latest study that supports Poland’s position was released by the Institute of Medicine last week. It found no connection between the MMR vaccine and autism.

“Just as significantly we need to direct appropriate and significant funds to determine what’s really causing autism in our children,” Poland said, according to