U.S. Representative Says CDC Withheld Data Linking MMR Vaccine and Autism

Florida U.S. Rep. Bill Posey recently presented evidence to Congress that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) destroyed data linking the MMR vaccine, (measles, mumps and Rubella) and autism.

Posey based his charges on the allegations from Dr. William Thompson, a 17-year veteran of the CDC, who became a whistleblower and charged that he was pressured to manipulate data in order to conceal possibly harmful side effects of the MMR vaccine, WND (WorldNetDaily) reports.

In August 2014, Thompson alleged, the CDC hid data that revealed the MMR vaccine caused an increased risk of autism when administered to children younger than three years old, with an even greater risk for African-American children, according to WND.

Thompson said he led or co-led three major vaccine safety studies while working for the CDC. After finding risks for autism and a disproportionate impact on black children, Thompson said, “All the authors and I met and decided sometime between August and September 2002 not to report any race effects from the paper. Sometime soon after the meeting, we decided to exclude reporting any race effects.” They went through all the hard copies of documents “we had thought we should discard, and put them into a huge garbage can.” But Thompson said he assumed it was illegal to destroy the material and he kept hard copies of all documents in his office and also retained the associated computer files. Thompson said he believes “we intentionally withheld controversial findings from the final draft of the Pediatrics paper.” The article was published in 2004 in Pediatrics. In a statement last year Thompson said, “There have always been recognized risks for vaccination and I believe it is the responsibility of the CDC to properly convey the risks associated  with receipt of those vaccines.”

Rep. Posey said the federal government has a responsibility to provide accurate information to parents about vaccines. “It’s troubling to me that in a recent hearing on childhood vaccinations, it was never mentioned that our government has paid out over three billion dollars through a vaccine injury compensation program for children who have been injured by vaccinations. Regardless of the subject matter, parents making decisions about their children’s health deserve to have the best information available to them.” Posey requested a “thorough investigation” and asked the House Appropriations Committee to take such action, WND reports.

Dr. Lee Hieb, an orthopedic surgeon, past president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, and also a columnist for WND, applauded Posey’s actions but said the action needed to go farther. Hieb wants Congress to investigate not just the possible destroying of data but the vaccine issue itself and the question of giving the vaccine to children under three. Hieb wants an examination of the science in order to determine the risks and benefits of vaccination, according to WND. Doubt and skepticism are needed, she argues, adding that small children’s bodies may not be ready for the vaccines.


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