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The international vaccine-autism debate between medical professionals and outraged parents comes to town Thursday in Brobdingnagian fashion, as Sunday’s Tribune pointed out.

(Last I checked, the story had more than 200 comments.)

Dr. Andrew Wakefield, whose 1998 Lancet report linked the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine with the onset of autism - a study since dismissed by the medical journal - has confirmed a location for his Thursday presentation.

Wakefield is scheduled to speak 1 p.m. at the La Crosse Gun Club shelter in Myrick Park.

As reported this weekend, Wakefield is coming to town in response to news of an upcoming visit from British reporter Brian Deer. Since 2004, Deer has exposed Wakefield’s conflicts of interest and questionable research practices.

Deer is scheduled to present 5:30 p.m. Thursday and 3:30 p.m. Friday at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s Centennial Hall.

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