Researchers distance themselves from MMR storm

A group of researchers behind the controversial study that sparked the MMR scare have sought to distance themselves from claims that the triple jab is linked to autism.

The results of their study, which were published in The Lancet in 1998, prompted concerns about the health risks associated with the MMR vaccination.

Despite a concerted effort on the part of the government, there was a sharp fall in the number of vaccinations.

In a statement released by The Lancet this week, ten of the 13 researchers said that they wished to “retract” the interpretation of their study.

“We wish to make it clear that in this paper no causal link was established between the MMR vaccine and autism as the data was insufficient.”

“In view of this, we consider now is the appropriate time that we should together formally retract the interpretation placed upon these findings in the paper.”

The team was led by Dr Andrew Wakefield and based at the Royal Free Hospital in London.