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Website ordered to remove MMR claims

8th August 2012

The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that a website which said the MMR jab was responsible for "up to 10%" of autism in children must not make the claim again.

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The site babyjabs.co.uk also published the assertion that "most experts now agree the large rise (in autism) has been caused partly by increased diagnosis, but also by a real increase in the number of children with autism".

The site carried on to say the "vaccine-strain measles virus" had been discovered in the guts and brains of some autistic children.

The ASA told the site its claims were "misleading" after it received a complaint and ruled that it must not make them again.

The babyjabs website said it had used information from a study carried out a decade ago which said it could not be conclusively proved that children were not at risk of autism if they had the MMR vaccine.

The ASA said that the site showed clearly that Andrew Wakefield's claim of a connection between MMR and autism had been "strongly rejected" by MPs and medics. 

However it carried on to say the site had suggested that the increase in the amount of children with autism might be connected with the vaccine. 

 

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Article Information

Title: Website ordered to remove MMR claims
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 22481
Date Added: 8th Aug 2012

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