New Jersey has the highest rate of autism in the country, with 1 in every 94 children in the state diagnosed with some aspect of the complex neurological disorder.
So, when news broke last week debunking the original study that linked autism to vaccines, parents took notice.
A report in the British Medical Journal outlined new evidence that British doctor Andrew Wakefield and his colleagues deliberately altered some of the data in a 1998 report that linked childhood immunizations to autism.
That study helped launch a worldwide movement encouraging parents to forgo vaccinating their children to protect them from autism, over the objections of doctors who said there was no real scientific proof to justify their fears.
Many doctors and scientists took last week’s news as the final word in the debate: Vaccines don’t cause autism.
But online, the fight continues. Bloggers on both sides of the debate are dissecting the new evidence and what it means for parents wondering whether to vaccinate their children.