September 23rd, 2016
Contributing writer for Wake Up World
The question of vaccination has polarized parents across the U.S. and beyond for years. In one arena, parents feel it’s an absolute necessity to have children vaccinated, for the benefit of public good in stopping preventable diseases. These parents typically support the idea of mandatory vaccinations for all children. On the opposite side, you have parents who either care for their vaccine injured child or, through research, have serious reservations about vaccine safety. Adding to the complexity of the issue, many have lost faith in governmental health organizations to objectively inform the public on vaccine policy, benefits and side-effects, without conflicts of interest.
Dr. Andrew Wakefield is at the forefront of the debate after he received international media attention over his 1998 Lancet paper, which found a possible correlation between the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine, inflammatory bowel disease and autism. He’s also the director of a new documentary, Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe.
Dr. Wakefield joins Wake Up World to discuss what he believes needs to happen in order for vaccines to be rendered safe — and to restore public faith in vaccination science.