The link between MMR vaccine and autism is gaining momentum as more people are now trying to take vaccine makers to court, while the media is leaking stories about children who have developed autism after receiving the controversial vaccine.
After four years of trials of the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine, Japan stopped giving it in 1993; the government reconsidered using the MMR vaccine, but decided to keep using individual vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella. As the Disney measles outbreak was seizing the front page of countless newspapers, another story was being unraveled behind closed doors: Merck was facing allegations with regard to the efficacy of its MMR vaccine. The accusations came from different parties in the medical field, including two former Merck scientists and a scientist at the U.S. Centres for Disease Control (CDC).
In 2010, former Merck scientists Stephen Krahling and Joan Wlochowski filed a False Claims Act in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in which they accused the company of lying about the safety and effectiveness of MMR vaccines, defrauding the U.S. government, tampering with study data and other high-level crimes. Claims by the pharmaceutical giant that the mumps component of the MMR vaccine is “95 per cent effective” are also questioned in the filing. The two scientists-turned-whistleblowers said Merck senior management falsified data expressly on the mumps vaccine’s effectiveness, intentionally spiking blood samples with animal antibodies to make the public believe the vaccine is truly effective.
Although there are dozens of studies which prove there is no link between the MMR vaccine and autism, real-life cases prove the opposite. Two years ago, the U.S. federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program awarded millions of dollars to two children with autism: Ryan Mojabi and Emily Moller. Although the government did not admit the vaccines were responsible for the children’s adverse reactions, they offered money for “pain and suffering” and lifelong injury care. Both cases were “unpublished,” which means information is limited and access to medical records was blocked. Irish-American actor Aidan Quinn and American model Jenny McCarthy are also among those whose children have reportedly developed autism after receiving the MMR vaccine.
Plus, in 2012, the Italian court ruled that Valentino Bocca’s autism was prompted by the MMR vaccine he received when he was nine months old. Then, on February 13, 2015, the decision was overturned by a Court of Appeals in Bologna after an expert pointed out there is no scientific evidence supporting the link between MMR vaccine and autism.
Studies which prove there is no link between the two continue to appear. One of them can be found in the Journal of the American Medical Association; after examining the records of more than 95,000 children, researchers concluded that there is “no harmful association.” However, the result is combated by a number of studies.
A research published in the Journal Entropy proposed that children with the autism diagnosis are vulnerable to aluminium and mercury. The paper observed a “strong correlation” between the MMR vaccine and autism and showed that people with a slight DNA difference are at risk for developing neurodegenerative diseases through vaccination.
Despite the ongoing battle between the two sides, one thing is certain, Gregory A. Poland, the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Vaccine claims. All drugs are associated with some adverse reactions and risks, so there is really no such thing as “one-size-fits-all.” Dr Poland and fellow researchers have concluded that the “one-size-fits-all” approach for vaccines should be abandoned, because adverse reactions which occur as a result of vaccinations could be severely underestimated.