Newsmax TV & Webwww.newsmax.comFREE - In Google Play
Newsmax TV & Webwww.newsmax.comFREE - On the App Store
Skip to main content
Tags: dr andrew wakefield | anti-vaccine | movement

Who Is Dr. Andrew Wakefield? And Why Is He Considered Father of Anti-Vaccine Movement?

By    |   Monday, 15 June 2015 02:25 PM EDT

Although Dr. Andrew Wakefield lost his medical license years ago and allegedly committed numerous ethical violations, the father of the anti-vaccine movement’s message remains.

Wakefield argues there is a link between vaccinations and the development of autism. His anti-vaccine message resonates among those with distrust in government and pharmaceutical companies.

VOTE NOW: Should Parents Have the Freedom Not to Vaccinate Their Children?

“To our community, Andrew Wakefield is Nelson Mandela and Jesus Christ rolled up into one,” J.B. Handley, co-founder of an organization that debates vaccine safety, told The New York Times. “He is a symbol of how all of us feel.”

The doctor started his research by announcing Crohn’s disease was the result of the measles virus, according to The Washington Post. Later in 1995, he claimed the measles virus was linked to ulcerative colitis.

“He is not a pathologist but a surgeon,” Belgian pathologist Karel Geboes told Slate in 2010. “His claim was too rigorous, and there was no real proof for the hypothesis.”

Wakefield later partnered with U.K. lawyer Richard Barr, who was working on litigation against measles-mumps-rubella vaccine makers. He studied 12 children, and it shed a light on concerns involved with MMR, including bowel disorders and autism, according to The Post. Nine of the children were autistic.

“If there is a causal link between measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine and this syndrome, a rising incidence might be anticipated after the introduction of this vaccine in the UK in 1988,” Wakefield wrote, according to The Post.

URGENT: Should States Be Allowed to Make Health Decisions for Your Children?

Following the announcement, a 2002 BBC survey showed almost 50 percent of doctors saw parents that were less willing to get their kids vaccinated.

Wakefield, however, had conflicts of interest. He applied for measles-related patents during the research, was paid $600,000 by anti-vaccine lawyers, and was accused of manipulating numbers, The Post reported.

The doctor’s paper was retracted in 2010, more than a dozen years after it was first published. A few months later, British regulators revoked his medical license because of “serious professional misconduct,” according to The Post.

Nonetheless, Wakefield remains prominent and obstinate that vaccines cause autism.

Most recently, Wakefield has been an outspoken voice against SB 277, a bill that would not allow parents to choose whether or not to vaccine their child, even if it is due to religious beliefs, KPCC reported.

VOTE NOW: Should the Government Be Allowed to Force Vaccinations or Medical Treatments?

© 2023 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Although Dr. Andrew Wakefield lost his medical license years ago and allegedly committed numerous ethical violations, the father of the anti-vaccine movement's message remains.
dr andrew wakefield, anti-vaccine, movement
Monday, 15 June 2015 02:25 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.

Sign up for Newsmax’s Daily Newsletter

Receive breaking news and original analysis - sent right to your inbox.

(Optional for Local News)
Privacy: We never share your email address.

PLEASE NOTE: All information presented on Newsmax.com is for informational purposes only. It is not specific medical advice for any individual. All answers to reader questions are provided for informational purposes only. All information presented on our websites should not be construed as medical consultation or instruction. You should take no action solely on the basis of this publication’s contents. Readers are advised to consult a health professional about any issue regarding their health and well-being. While the information found on our websites is believed to be sensible and accurate based on the author’s best judgment, readers who fail to seek counsel from appropriate health professionals assume risk of any potential ill effects. The opinions expressed in Newsmaxhealth.com and Newsmax.com do not necessarily reflect those of Newsmax Media. Please note that this advice is generic and not specific to any individual. You should consult with your doctor before undertaking any medical or nutritional course of action.


Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
Download the NewsmaxTV App
Get the NewsmaxTV App for iOS Get the NewsmaxTV App for Android Scan QR code to get the NewsmaxTV App
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved