[…] So why is it only Andy Wakefield we hear about? Why is HE the scapegoat? Well, one answer is that after the paper was published in The Lancet, he was asked publicly whether he would recommend continued use of the MMR (mumps, measles, rubella) vaccine. Dr. Wakefield replied that, in his personal opinion, he would not—that he would encourage the use of the single dose measles vaccine (not the combined version) instead… just to be on the safe side. It was probably that response that immediately made him the target of the giant pharmaceutical SmithKline Beecham (now GlaxoSmithKline) which made and sold the MMR vaccine in the United Kingdom. Little tidbit… media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his family just happened to have a financial interest in that company and one of his sons, James, actually sat on its board of directors. […]

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