Brian Deer is an investigative journalist with a track record of reporting on (among other things) medical issues.
Deer's Channel 4 "Dispatches" television report about Andrew Wakefield and the MMR scare may have been a key factor in the shift of public opinion back in favour of the vaccine. Details of Deer's work on the MMR scare are available at his web site.
Deer had earlier worked on a vaccine associated with a similar scare - the diphtheria, tetanus and (whole-cell) pertussis (DTP) vaccine scare of the 1970s. As the articles on his web site show, he concluded that few, if any, of the people who received "vaccine damage payments" due to harm allegedly caused by the jab had actually been harmed by it - in most cases another diagnosis had subsequently been found.
- ↑ Deer B. The MMR-autism crisis - our story so far. Accessed: 2009 (17 December)
- ↑ Deer B. The MMR & autism investigation: part 1: the Lancet scandal. Accessed: 2009 (17 December)
- ↑ Deer B. The MMR & autism crisis: part 2: the Wakefield factor. 2004; Accessed: 2008 (8 September)
- ↑ Deer B. The MMR & autism investigation: part 3: Solved - the riddle of MMR. Updated; Accessed: 2009 (17 December)
- ↑ Deer B. The vanishing victims: Can whooping cough jabs cause brain damage in children? The Sunday Times Magazine 1998 1 November
- ↑ Deer B. Matthew and the burger bug. The Sunday Times Magazine (London) 1998 (May 17). Last viewed 17 December 2009.