- Posted August 25, 2014 by
Former CDC Head and Current Merck President Caught in Fraud Scandal
UPDATE, August 28: “Translational Neurodegeneration,” which published an article about Hooker’s findings earlier this month, has removed the article. Read more about this story on CNN.com.
In the correspondence, dated February 2, 2004, Thompson refers to "statistical associations between the receipt of MMR vaccine and autism" and appeals to his boss to appropriately respond to a Congressman's private allegations of impropriety within the agency's National Immunization Program.
The date of the letter is significant in that, just one week later, Thompson was scheduled to present his findings at a public meeting on vaccine safety. When Gerberding learned of the disturbing findings, specifically that an on-time MMR vaccine is associated with a 336% higher risk of autism in African-American boys, the whistleblower claims an orchestrated suppression of data was performed.
Thompson revealed to Dr. Brian Hooker of Focus Autism that he and his co-authors on a 2004 study titled "Age at first measles-mumps-rubella vaccination in children with autism and school-matched control subjects: a population-based study in metropolitan Atlanta" deliberately excluded study participants based on arbitrary criteria, and this resulted in the disproportionate elimination of African-American subjects. By omitting this data, the researchers, including current CDC head Coleen Boyle and two other scientists still employed by the agency, were able to deny any correlation between the MMR vaccine and autism.
The fraudulent study has been used repeatedly over the past decade to support the CDC's recommended vaccine schedule for children, and was even cited in over 340 other studies, many of which concluded there was no link between immunizations and autism rates.
Not surprisingly, angry parents have taken to social media to raise awareness of the whistleblower's revelations. Using #CDCFraud, #CDCwhistleblower, #CDCPantsOnFire and other hashtags, they have alerted high profile activists like comedic actor Rob Schneider. He, in turn, released a letter written to California Governor Jerry Brown, asking him to respond to the allegations of scientific fraud and how this has impacted a generation of children.