As if the falsity that vaccines cause autism needs any more debunking, the well-known advocacy group Autism Speaks released a statement urging parents to vaccinate their kids in light of the recent measles outbreak that has reached more than a dozen states, according to ABC News.
"Over the last two decades, extensive research has asked whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism," Rob Ring, chief science officer of Autism Speaks, said in the statement. "The results of this research are clear: Vaccines do not cause autism. We urge that all children be fully vaccinated."
Much of the fiction regarding the notion that vaccines lead to autism stems from a retracted 1998 study in British Medical Journal that linked the MMR vaccine — which protects against measles, mumps and rubella — to children developing autism. The study, authored by Andrew Wakefield, was retracted in 2010, after which Wakefield lost his medical license.
As ABC News reports, following its retraction, the British Medical Journal called Wakefield's study "fraudulent" and alleged that he stood to gain money from his findings because he was involved in a lawsuit against the MMR vaccine.
Wakefield has denied any wrongdoing. Since his attempt to link autism with vaccinations, there has been no definitive proof that the MMR vaccine leads to autism. So don't listen to what wanna-be celebrities like Jenny McCarthy and Kristin Cavallari have to say on the subject — they are simply wrong and putting their children at risk by foregoing vaccinations.