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Andrew Wakefield relaunches career in US - with celebrity backing

It seems Dr Andrew Wakefield is relaunching his career in the USA and has the backing of celebrities from film and music in his continuing campaign against MMR and childhood vaccines.

It seems Dr Andrew Wakefield is relaunching his career in the USA and has the backing of celebrities from film and music in his continuing campaign against MMR and childhood vaccines.

The Daily Mail and Sunday Times are reporting that Dr Wakefield has opened a clinic in Austin Texas catering for children with autism and other developmental disorders.

Apparently the centre "boasts two members of pop band the Dixie Chicks as a board member and adviser". Actor Jim Carrey and his girfriend Jenny McCarthy are also supporters of the anti-vaccine (or pro-safe vaccine, as its members stress) cause and recently joined a march in Washington.

One imagines, given it appears the centre actually opened in 2005, that the recent involvement of celebrities in support of the cause is why the story made the papers this weekend.

Dr Wakefield is still being investigated by the General Medical Council over his research linking the MMR vaccine to autism. Meanwhile, measles cases are up tenfold in the UK and MMR vaccination levels are still recovering after years of decline but remain well below herd immunity levels.

vaccination rates appear to be holding up in the US but if support for Dr Wakefield's views, from celebrities or otherwise, grows, a clinical crunch will hit America in the same way as it has hit here.

Only this time, we'll have exported it to their shores.

Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy at a 'Green our Vaccines' march in Washington Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy at a 'Green our Vaccines' march in Washington

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