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Megan Wright Carella

Chronicle correspondent

Bad research and Internet myths can be a dangerous combination. In the case of childhood vaccines, this combination led to parents opting out of vaccinating their children, which is causing a resurgence of potentially deadly, and easily preventable, diseases.

In 1998, Andrew Wakefield, who has since lost his medical license in England, published a small, flawed case study that attempted to link the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine to autism in a prestigious medical journal.

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