The prestigious British medical journal The Lancet has retracted a controversial 1998 study linking the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to autism.
The journal retracted the study in its online edition published today.
The journal published the controversial paper by Andrew Wakefield and colleagues in 1998.
The study prompted many parents to abandon the vaccine, leading to a resurgence of measles. Subsequent studies found no proof the vaccine is connected to autism.
The retraction comes only a week after Britain’s General Medical Council that Wakefield had been dishonest and unethical in gathering data for his study.