Originally Posted by Rrrrrachel
I don't think anyone is blaming Wakefield. I think it's just a critical look at the current climate for publishing material critical of vaccines. I would think more people around here would be supportive of that kind of conversation.
Well, I do think I was a bit snarky earlier.
I do think the article blames Wakefield - his name was brought up 3 times, and the MMR "debacle" 8 times.
I agree the article is discussing the current climate for publishing materials.
I don't hate scientists and publishers for being hesitant to publish research or stories that are critical of vaccines. They are human after all, and there are potential consequences for publishing stuff that does not paint all aspects of vaccines as safe, safe, safe. I am not going to demonize them for it. It does make it tricky to know what is what, though - if stories are suppressed, met with skepticism beyond what one would normally expect (as the writer on Forbes admits she did on the Narcolepsy issue).
At the end of the day though, it is the scientists job to report what they found, analyze with an open mind, and it is the publishers job to publish- it has little to do with Wakefield or non-vaxxers. Blaming someone else for your actions is never good.
I would say that the pro-vax world needs to consider how it jumps on scientists who produce results that end up wrong. Not a week goes by without some vaxxer saying that person has been discredited or that idea has been debunked. It is borderline ridiculous, actually - and makes it very difficult to tell if the person or article really has been discredited/debunked for a good reason or or if it is just pro-vaxxers blowing smoke (and I am not pointing fingers at anyone here). Apparently scientists who probably are pro-vax do have a fear of being discredited/debunked if their work does not conform to the pro-vax POV as well.
I said earlier in this thread that it was always pro-vaxxers who bring up Wakefield - maybe they need to lay off crucifying people for science's sake? I doubt very much crucifying Wakefield does much for the pro-vax cause. Non-vaxxers do not care, and I doubt fence sitters do either.
My 2 cents.
Edited by kathymuggle - 4/4/13 at 5:13am