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Autism: Sunday Express [UK] Press Release
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Media Release: Yet more evidence released linking Autism to the MMR Vaccine

Today's Sunday Express [UK] has reported on yet another study, the largest one to date, showing a causal link between the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) Vaccine and the development of Autism in children.

Dr. Vijendra Singh, lead researcher, studied 200 autistic children, 50 with other brain disorders and 100 "normal" children. He found that nine out of 10 of the autistic children had experienced a reaction to the MMR vaccine whilst only two out of the other children had reacted.

Dr. Singh said his findings highlight the "urgent need" to re-evaluate use of the triple vaccine. He added, "It suggests MMR is not safe in certain children whose immune systems are not able to cope with the three vaccines and this is causing autism.

In related news, new research has shown that the incidence of autism has increased 10-fold in the past 10 years. The MMR vaccine was introduced in the late 1980's. Many medical experts believe that the MMR places too much strain on a child's immature immune system.

Richard Holverson, a London doctor who has just won the right to administer separate Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccines, said, "This research gives further weight to a number of different studies that show a link between MMR and autism. A large number of parents are continuing to report their children developing problems. We cannot just ignore this - it is almost impossible that everyone is wrong."

In response to demands from families who want to have the choice of administering single vaccines, the Royal College of General Practitioners [RCGP - UK] has called on the government to license individual vaccines and to scrap the policy whereby doctors receive extra payment for meeting vaccination targets. The Australian Vaccination Network urges the Australian Government and the AMA, whose policies are a copy of those criticised by the RCGP, to follow the lead set by their British counterparts.

More than 2000 families in the UK are currently involved in a class-action lawsuit against the Department of Health due to adverse reactions suffered by their children during the UK's MMR vaccination campaign. These reactions include Convulsions, Autism, Arthritis and a host of other problems.

As an added irony, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the whistle-blowing researcher who first linked MMR vaccination with Autism in articles published by the Lancet in 1998 and again in 2000, announced last night that he has been asked to resign from his position at the Royal Free Hospital in London because his research results had been unpopular with the medical community. His situation reached crisis-point last year when he reported that he had seen almost 170 children with a hitherto unknown combination of bowel damage and autism linked to administration of the MMR vaccine. That number has now reached almost 200, with a waiting list of patients trying to see him so long, it threatens to risk breaking the NHS's 18-month limit.

Contact: Meryl Dorey - 02 6687 1699 or 0414 872 032