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Vaccine preventable illnesses

Dr. Brendan O'Connor of Highland Family Medicine discussed a recent uptick in vaccine preventable illnesses Thursday on News 8 at Sunrise.
Dr. Brendan O'Connor of Highland Family Medicine discussed a recent uptick in vaccine preventable illnesses Thursday on News 8 at Sunrise.

Dr. O'Connor said the current outbreak of measles in Ohio and California, and recent outbreaks of pertussis (whooping cough) in the Rochester area are linked to non-vaccination of patients.  He said a growing number of parents are opting not to vaccinate their children out of fear of the consequences and misinformation.

As part of his analysis, Dr. O'Connor noted a flawed 1998 study published in the Lancet suggesting a link between MMR vaccination and autism.  He said that study was not only flawed, but also proven to be fraudulent.

Several large studies have addressed the issue since and found no link. 
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