Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is an environmental lawyer and a vaccine critic. In a recent Q&A with Science magazine, he said there is “an explosion in neurodevelopmental disorders and we ought to be able to do a cost-benefit analysis and see what’s causing them.”
“Explosion in neurodevelopment disorders” is meant to suggest that vaccinations cause autism. The fact is that vaccines do not cause autism. The erroneous claim of a link between vaccines and autism is based on a discredited study led by the British doctor Andrew Wakefield and published in the Lancet in 1998. The British Medical Journal termed Wakefield’s paper “an elaborate fraud” in a 2011 review of Wakefield’s original analysis, and he subsequently lost his license to practice medicine.