Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

News Roundup [abridged Versions Appear In The Paper Journal]

Increase in autism due to change in definition, not MMR vaccine

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 13 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:112

Rapid Response:

The benefits of experience - Peter Flegg

Dear Sir,

Mr Flegg inferred early in these discussions above, that the medical
profession, himself included, knows all there is to know about vaccines,
how they work, how good they are, how they might, or might not affect the
immune system, and how autism has nothing to do with MMR or any other

The intimation is that because of their knowledge and expertise,
parents should go along with all their recommendations, and now, because
of the qualifications which he listed above.

My point is that there are referenced medical articles written by
people with expertise in vaccinology put up on this thread, which
consistently contradict both him, and Jamie Robertson, who also says he
knows how vaccines work, but who also choses NOT to return to a debate
which he started.

Does Peter Flegg (and Jamie Robertson) agree that their own medical
literature, which conflicts with much of what he has said here, has
something to offer to this debate?

If so, why will they not discuss these problems, rather than flick me
off when I bring referenced anomalies to light?


Hilary Butler.

Competing interests:
I have no qualifications whatsoever

Competing interests: No competing interests

06 March 2005
Hilary Butler
freelance journalist
1892, NZ, New Zealand.