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:

Re: Further to Peter Flegg and the TB ref.

Ms Butler accuses me of "professional ignorance", claiming I have
"little idea about..immunity", or "how vaccines actually work" and "little
understanding about host responses and immune mechanisms."

I shall have to defer to her superior knowlege on these subjects. She
obviously must know more about these than I ever will.

Competing interests:
8 years undergraduate and postgraduate training and experience in Infectious Diseases in Africa, 9 years subspecialty training and experience in the UK in Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, 3 years postgraduate research leading to an MD thesis on immune dysfunction in drug users, and 8 years experience as a consultant specialising in Infection, Immunodeficiency and HIV Medicine.

Competing interests: No competing interests

03 March 2005
Peter Flegg
Blackpool, UK FY3 8NR