MMR: watch Brian Deer’s 2004 report for C4

By October 5, 2014Public

You have to be of a certain age to appreciate the impact of Andrew Wakefield’s now roundly discredited claim that the MMR vaccine caused autism.

Health and medical journalists are often pilloried for the hysteria which followed, but the reality is the original article was published in a respected medical journal and Wakefield was exposed as a result of the dogged work of investigative journalist Brian Deer.

You can read his original piece in the Sunday Times here

And now Brian has uploaded to YouTube the Dispatches documentary he made with Channel 4.

 

Jane Symons

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Jane is a freelance journalist, author and media consultant whose credits range from The Sun to the World Health Organisation. She edited the health pages of The Sun for five years, and is a former health editor of Woman's Own and chief sub-editor of the Telegraph Magazine. At one time or another she has written for national dailies and magazines including The Sun, Daily Mail, Times, Telegraph, Daily and Sunday Express, Daily Mirror, Woman's Own and Woman & Home. She is currently a regular contributor to the Express and Mirror. Jane provides a range of bespoke consultancy services including content creation, media strategy, writing reports and press materials, crisis communications, media advisory boards and media training. Her book, How to Have a Baby and Still Live in the Real World has been published in the UK, USA, Russia and Sweden. Pregnancy: the Best for You and Your Baby has been published in countries including the Netherlands, France, Spain and the Czech Republic.

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