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Media misled the public over the MMR vaccine, study says

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7399.1107-a (Published 22 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1107
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Most people wrongly believed that doctors and scientists are equally divided over the safety of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine, according to new research carried out during the high profile public debate over the vaccine last year.

    At the height of the media coverage the impression was created that medical scientists were split down the middle over the vaccine's safety, including reports of links with autism, say the study's authors, from Cardiff University.

    Less than one in four people were aware that the bulk of the evidence favoured the vaccine, say the authors of …

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