This is an updated version of an anesthesia safety blog post originally published by Dr. Dean Andropolous on March 21, 2011.
After a bad case of the flu, Mary, a 9-year-old patient, wrote about her experience. See the original handwritten letter below. Special thanks to Mary for sharing her story.
Today marks a very special day for me, Texas Children's and the whole Houston community. Forty years ago, a boy was born whose life and death would impact millions of lives throughout the world.
In 1998, Andrew Wakefield and 12 other co-investigators published a paper in the prestigious British medical journal, the Lancet, and asserted that the MMR vaccine was linked to autism. The small study of merely 12 children set off a national firestorm in the U.K. and suddenly thousands of British patients were refusing to vaccinate their children with the MMR vaccine which protects against measles, mumps and rubella.