Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:


Wakefield’s article linking MMR vaccine and autism was fraudulent

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 06 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:c7452

Rapid Response:

Being pro-vaccine safety does NOT make one anti-vaccine

And I repeat:
Being pro-vaccine safety does NOT make one anti-vaccine.
It would be like saying someone was anti-car if they supported the Toyota
2010 recall of 1.53 million cars (due to a faulty brake master cylinder
seal that potentially could have resulted in brake fluid leakage). Or that
someone was anti-food if they opposed GMO foods.

I am NOT anti vaccine, I am anti bad science.
The reason so many dismiss even the possibility that vaccine can cause
damage is because they believe this to be true. This is religion and not

And to believe the media hypes about the measles epidemic is not
exactly scientific either. Has there been an actual study to show how many
of the children who contracted measles were actually vaccinated and how
many non-vaccinated? If you search the literature you will find that
outbreaks of infectious diseases frequently occur in fully vaccinated
populations [1,2] most likely because vaccines suppress Th1 cellular
immunity which is inherently far more effective against viral infections
[3,4]. This is also the reason why there are increasing efforts to develop
vaccines which stimulate Th1 responses [5,6].

[1] Gustafson TL, Lievens AW et al. (1987) Measles outbreak in a
fully immunized secondary-school population. NEJM 316(13), 771-4.

[2] Tugwell BD, Lee LE, Gillette H, Lorber EM, Hedberg K, Cieslak PR
(2004) Chickenpox outbreak in a highly vaccinated school population.
Pediatrics 113, 3 Pt 1, 455-459.

[3] Makidon PE et al. (2008) Pre-clinical evaluation of a novel
nanoemulsion-based hepatitis B mucosal vaccine. PLoS One 3, e2954.

[4] Israeli E, Shoenfeld Y et al. (2009) Adjuvants and autoimmunity.
Lupus 18:1217-1225.

[5] Geissler M, Tokushige K, Chante CC, Zurawski VR Jr, Wands JR
(1997) Cellular and humoral immune response to hepatitis B virus
structural proteins in mice after DNA-based immunization. Gastroenterology
112: 1307-1320.

[6] Schirmbeck R, Zheng X, Roggendorf M, Geissler M, Chisari FV, et
al. (2001) Targeting Murine Immune Responses to Selected T Cell- or
Antibody-Defined Determinants of the Hepatitis B Surface Antigen by
Plasmid DNA Vaccines Encoding Chimeric Antigen. J Immunol 166: 1405-1413.

Competing interests: No competing interests

24 January 2011
Lucija Tomljenovic
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of British Columbia