Top Med Journal Retracts Flawed Autism Study

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A leading medical journal is retracting what it calls a flawed study linking childhood vaccines and autism.

The British publication, The Lancet, says the article should never have been published.

Since the study's 1998 release, many parents have abandoned the mumps, measles and rubella vaccines in droves. That has led to a boom in the diseases among children in the U.K.

Meanwhile in the U.S., all the major government oversight agencies and the American Academy of Pediatrics agree there's no link between vaccines and autism.

"We vaccinate between zero and 2 years of age," the Cleveland Clinic's Dr. Michael Roizen said. "That's when autism shows up, so there are going to be some cases that show up at the same time because they come coincidentally, but unrelated."

Britain's General Medical Council ruled last week that the author of the flawed study, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, showed a "callous disregard" for the children used in his study. He and two of his colleagues could lose their medical licenses.

Regardless, many experts say the relatively small number of parents opposed to vaccination will not be swayed by this news.

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