The Lancet, a premier British medical journal, today retracted a study published in 1998 that drew a link between the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and increased incidence of autism. Alan Percy, M.D., professor of pediatric neurology and medical director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Civitan International Research Center, said the retracted study's findings long have been questioned by the scientific community.

"Over the years, study after study had found no causal relationship between the MMR vaccine and autism," said Percy. "This was of particular concern since the 1998 study was often cited by parents as a reason to not vaccinate their children with the MMR vaccine."

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