A whistleblower, Dr. Brian Hooker, claims the Center for Disease Control chose to omit statistically significant data indicating an increased likelihood of African American children developing Autism after being given vaccinations prior to 36 months of age. Dr. Hooker, using a dataset obtained by CDC research in 2004, found that African American children are 3.4 times more likely to develop Autism if they received MMR vaccinations before 36 months of age.
According to a statement from Dr. Hooker: "The CDC knew about the relationship between the age of first MMR vaccine and autism incidence in African-American boys as early as 2003, but chose to cover it up."
However, the CDC and other scientists are calling Hooker's analysis of the data into question, Dr. Max Wiznitzer, a neurologist at a children's hospital in Cleveland claims "If you analyze data enough times and enough ways, you're bound to find something that is statistically significant." Dr. Witnitzer is claiming the analysis found a "false-positive" or a "Type I Error."
Dr. Hooker was led to look into the 2004 CDC research after prompted by a 10-year CDC researcher, William Thompson, who claimed the health organization purposely omitted statically significant data.
Thompson had this to say about the situation in a press release, "... regrets that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics." Williams goes on to caution parents to continue to vaccinate their children because the risks of NOT vaccinating far outweigh the risks of Autism.