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In February 1998, the Lancet medical journal triggered a global scare with research claiming a possible link between the measles, mumps and rubella triple vaccine and autism. The researchers' leader, Dr Andrew Wakefield called for the vaccine to be "suspended". Following a Sunday Times investigation by Brian Deer, researchers at Britain's Royal Free hospital retracted claims that had caused a worldwide scare by linking the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine with autism. (briandeer.com website)