According to the British Sunday Times, the whole modern anti-vaccination movement is premised on fraudulent research.

THE doctor who sparked the scare over the safety of the MMR vaccine for children changed and misreported results in his research, creating the appearance of a possible link with autism, a Sunday Times investigation has found.

Confidential medical documents and interviews with witnesses have established that Andrew Wakefield manipulated patients’ data, which triggered fears that the MMR triple vaccine to protect against measles, mumps and rubella was linked to the condition.

That was a decade ago.  Now, this is to caution that there may be valid medical arguments for refusing vaccinations, but this was a pivotal moment.  Most of the medical community had rejected the study out of hand, and it was assumed that the profession was simply rounding the wagons out of special interest.  Many of the authors of the study eventually distanced themselves from the conclusions.

Meanwhile, Measles is on the rise in the UK.  Only just over a hundred cases in the US, though the vaccinations are mandated by law here for school-going kids.  Polio is also in the tens here, but we’ve had polio vaccines for some time now.  20 years ago there were nearly 350,000 cases of polio worldwide.  Under various programs hundreds of millions of kids were vaccinated.  By 1999 the cases had dropped to 7000.  The timeline elaborates.