Letters to the Editor Opinion

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Doctor rebuts supposed link between vaccines and autism

Dear Editor:

I wish to strongly rebut the article in your June 25 West Wave Edition paper, “Vaccines linked to autism in black boys,” regarding a link between the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, autism and black boys.

The information was based on information provided by a past Centers for Disease Control researcher, William W. Thompson. He had a study in which he was involved “reanalyzed” by an anti-vaccination person, Brian Hooker. This “reanalysis” of data was published in a journal Translational Neurodegeneration describing some link to the vaccine, autism and black boys.

The journal later removed the article due to “undeclared competing interests on the part of the author which compromised the peer review process. Furthermore, post-publication peer review raised concerns about the validity of the methods and statistical analysis, therefore the editors no longer have confidence in the soundness of the findings.”

The CDC reaffirmed that there was no link between the vaccine and autism

Let’s be clear: there is no connection to any vaccine and autism, in any children. This is especially important to understand in light of a recent outbreak of measles here in California and a lower rate of complete vaccination among our African-American children.

Vaccines are one of the three greatest public health achievements of the 20th century (along with clean drinking water and antibiotics). We need to move past the hype, embrace the science and save lives.

Let’s hope that with the recent passage of SB 277, removing the exemptions on vaccinating our children, except for medical reasons, we see even more fully protected children.

Dr. Oliver Brooks

Chief, Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine

Watts Health Care Corp.