WOODBURY - ? For years, thousands of parents refused a childhood vaccination because a study linked it to autism. Now, a new study is claiming that the findings were a lie.

A new report released today by the British Medical Journal claims Dr. Andrew Wakefield faked his findings after getting paid $750,000 by lawyers trying to sue vaccine manufacturers.

Health officials say the original study performed by Wakefield sparked a worldwide paranoia about vaccines and autism.

Long Island pediatrician Dr. Michael Grasso says he never believed the 1998 study that said the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine was linked to autism.