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The Facts In The Case Of Dr. Andrew Wakefield
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A fifteen page story about the MMR vaccination controversy. As ever, I'm sure a few spelling errors have slipped past me. Feel free to point any out so I can correct them.

The reference links for the strip are in the next blog entry.

Now! Let's have a heated debate!

2013 update. Since I wrote this blog entry, this cartoon strip as well as many others on such subjects as homeopathy, chiropratic, evolution, and the supposed NASA Moon hoax landings, have been published in a book: Science Tales in the UK (Myriad Edtions) and How To Fake A Moon Landing in the US and Canada (Abrams). Here's the link to my main blog.

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Great summary! Very valuable, and I hope it makes the rounds on the internet.

Quick note/question: In the 3rd set of panels, it says Wakefield said in a press conference that 3 doses would be safer than a single vaccination. But then in the 8th set of panels, it says Wakefield called for single vaccines in the press conference (the same one or no?) and had patented his own single vaccine. This seems contradictory. If he said 3 doses were safer than 1, why would he call for and patent a 1-dose vaccine?

My apologies if someone has already noted this. I didn't have time to read through all 223 comments. ;)

Keep up the great work!

MMR is a combined vaccine, against 3 diseases: measles, mumps, and rubella. What Dr Wakefield implied in the press conference was that three separate, single-dose vaccines would be safer: a single-dose measles vaccine, given separately from a single-dose mumps, and single-dose rubella, rather than all 3 combined in one shot (i.e., the MMR). There is, as noted, no evidence for this, but a lot of people (particularly in the UK) switched over to this method of doing it - thereby increasing demand for single-dose versions like the one he patented.

I noticed this too... it seems totally contradictory.

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