Further proof that public fear about children becoming autistic from a vaccine has reached a fever pitch: An Upper West Side pediatrician has admitted to faking the immunization records of four children. The two families did not want to have their young children, who needed the shots to attend school, vaccinated, due to fears of a vaccine-autism link. The doctor, Dr. Mark Nesselson, has been fined $10,000 by a disciplinary panel and told that he can only practice under supervision. From today’s New York Post:
Nesselson said he got into trouble after he moved to Hawaii two years ago and gave medical records to his patients’ parents to take to their new doctors. The new pediatrician seen by two families turned in Nesselson to authorities, he said. He signed a consent form with the state Office for Professional Medical Conduct agreeing to its penalties, which include taking a course in medical ethics and three years of monitoring.
Despite Nesselson’s concerns, an overwhelming number of public-health officials and pediatricians insist vaccines are safe and necessary. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintains: “The great preponderance of evidence is that there’s no link between vaccines and autism.”A Manhattan mother of two for whom Nesselson falsified records said she did not want her kids to have the shot for measles, mumps and rubella – the MMR vaccine – until they were older.
The worried mom said since the family never traveled and the diseases were rare in New York, she didn’t feel she was putting her kids or others at risk.
“The form was filled out,” she said of the falsified record. “We knew what we were doing.”She said her children had the vaccine when they were older – after they entered school.
Some parents who don’t want to vaccinate their kids characterized Nesselson as a hero.
A hero, if one thinks that Andrew Wakefield is one too, and a hero only for those who could afford it: According to a Mothering.com discussion board in 2004, Dr. Nesselson was “mega-expensive,” charging $650 for initial visit, $375 for regular visits. So would that mean a parent would possibly have to pay over $1000 for those “doctored” records……………