You are here

Stop Blaming Dr. Andrew Wakefield

Daily News Navigator

F. Edward Yazbak, MD, FAAP

Stop Blaming Dr. Andrew Wakefield

Several British news outlets including The Guardian, The Telegraph and the BBC appear to have decided, for reasons unknown, to renew their bullying of Dr. Andrew Wakefield. 

The sudden new wave of coordinated attacks on Dr. Wakefield essentially blamed him again for causing a recent outbreak of measles in the United Kingdom because of an article he published in February 1998, FIFTEEN YEARS AGO. 

Interestingly, I had commented on such frivolous allegations as early as December 22, 2003 [i], when I conclusively demonstrated, using UK Official Health Documents, that starting in 1995, three years before The Lancet paper, MMR vaccination rates in the UK had started to drop at a faster rate than other vaccination rates.  

I had also commented at the time that the vaccine authorities in England were likely to cause further drop in measles, mumps and rubella vaccination rates by not offering the single vaccines along with the MMR vaccine and thus increasing the risk of disease outbreaks.  


Eight years later, on December 8, 2010, I published a second research paper that further proved that the Wakefield Lancet publication had not caused any increased incidence of measles in the United Kingdom.

In that publication [ii] titled “Measles in the United Kingdom - The Wakefield Factor”, I documented the fact that a “Wakefield Factor” did not exist because according to official UK Government and WHO reports, the number of notified measles cases in England had actually decreased from 1998 to 1999 to 2000 to 2001 and that fewer cases of measles had been reported during the ten years that followed the Wakefield paper than in the preceding ten years.

I also documented the fact that in recent years, measles outbreaks occurred in the United Kingdom when they also occurred in Europe and elsewhere in the world, often in well vaccinated populations.


The continued allegations that measles outbreaks are occurring in the United Kingdom in 2013  because Dr. Andrew Wakefield published an article in 1998, are not based on scientific evidence, as I have clearly demonstrated years ago.

These wild accusations make absolutely no sense and they must stop. 

Enough is enough!
[i]  /node/19937
[ii] /measles-united-kingdom-wakefield-factor  

F. Edward Yazbak, MD, FAAP

Falmouth, Massachusetts