Former UK Govt Science Chief Warned Of MMR Vaccine-Autism Link

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MMR vaccines one of the ‘greatest scandals in medical history’ says UK’s Department of Health former chief scientific officer

Former UK Govt Science Chief Warned Of MMR Vaccine-Autism Link

The former chief scientific officer for Britain’s Department of Health says his former employer is guilty of “utterly inexplicable complacency” regarding the mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) vaccination.

Dr. Peter Fletcher was the UK’s chief scientific officer in the late 1970s and medical assessor to the Committee on Safety of Medicines, meaning he was responsible for deciding if medicines and vaccines were safe for use among the general public

According to the Daily Mail, Dr. Fletcher said if it has been ultimately proven that the MMR vaccine was linked to autism, “the refusal by governments to evaluate the risks properly will make this one of the greatest scandals in medical history.”

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He also said that, after he agreed to become an expert witness in court cases – mostly lawsuits – involving drug safety on behalf of parents with vaccine-injured children, he receive a wealth of information contained in thousands of documents relating to cases he believed the public had a right to see.

Fletcher, the Daily Mail Online noted, has borne witness to a “steady accumulation of evidence” from scientists around the world that the MMR vaccine is indeed linked to brain injury in some children.

However, “there are very powerful people in positions of great authority in Britain and elsewhere who have staked their reputations and careers on the safety of MMR and they are willing to do almost anything to protect themselves,” he said.

The MMR vaccine-autism link was first discovered by Dr. Andrew Wakefield, a former gastroenterologist and medical researcher, in 1998. His research findings have been savagely attacked by all the usual suspects – governments, Big Pharma, traditional medicine and science – though he maintains today that his findings were sound and that more research is needed to document the effects of the vaccine.

Fletcher’s warning come amid reports that the British government was planning to introduce an additional vaccine for pneumococcal meningitis for babies, with vaccination to begin next April. Also, the government is considering recommending the vaccine for children under two years of age – not to protect them but to protect parents and other adults they may come into contact with.

Fletcher first expressed concern about the MMR vaccine in 2001, the Daily Mail Online reported. He said at the time that safety trials before the vaccine was introduced in his country were not adequate. And now he says he is afraid that what he suspected is becoming more apparent, given the rising number of autism cases around the work and a growing understanding, scientifically, of autism-related bowel disease, which ultimately convinced Fletcher the vaccine was to blame.

“Clinical and scientific data is steadily accumulating that the live measles virus in MMR can cause brain, gut and immune system damage in a subset of vulnerable children,” he said.

‘Why doesn’t the government take this seriously?’
“There’s no one conclusive piece of scientific evidence, no ‘smoking gun’, because there very rarely is when adverse drug reactions are first suspected,” Fletcher continued, as reported by the Daily Mail. “When vaccine damage in very young children is involved, it is harder to prove the links.

“But it is the steady accumulation of evidence, from a number of respected universities, teaching hospitals and laboratories around the world, that matters here. There’s far too much to ignore. Yet government health authorities are, it seems, more than happy to do so,” Fletcher added, saying he found “this official complacency utterly inexplicable” in light of the global explosion in autism cases.

“When scientists first raised fears of a possible link between mad cow disease and an apparently new, variant form of CJD they had detected in just 20 or 30 patients, everybody panicked and millions of cows were slaughtered,” said Fletcher.

“Yet there has been a tenfold increase in autism and related forms of brain damage over the past 15 years, roughly coinciding with MMR’s introduction, and an extremely worrying increase in childhood inflammatory bowel diseases and immune disorders such as diabetes, and no one in authority will even admit it’s happening, let alone try to investigate the causes.”

He added there just was “no way” a tenfold increase in autism cases could be the result of doctors better recognizing the condition.


  1. where the government is negligent in doing something about this, parents need to be better informed and NOT vaccinate their children with MMR. The stonewalling by the government is just unbelievable and criminal , when there is clear evidence that vaccines cause damage.

  2. More fear mongering and lies. Autistic people are not bad results. Does it ever occur to anybody that autistic people get married and have kids? It’s also been shown that unvaccinated kids still show up as autistic. Some people show autism symptoms right away and others develop them later. Their brain was destined to do that. Just because it’s happening around the time of vaccines does not make the vaccine myth true. Correlation does not equal causation.

    Now go on ahead and tell me I’m brainwashed by “Big Pharma” because you conspiracy theorists will do anything to blame something besides your own genes mixing up exactly right to produce an autistic child. You don’t want to put forth the effort that goes into caring for autistic kids.

    Admit that you hate autistic people and want us dead. It’s obvious you prefer your children dead of preventable diseases because you’re scared. Who will you cry to about how hard life is when you have a vent-dependent kid who came down with polio? And congrats for that because your refusal to vaccinate not only ruined your kid’s life, it will also ruin the lives of immunosuppressed people and babies too young for vaccines.

    Your vaccine conspiracy is killing people, and none of you give a damn. You’re disgusting.

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