The witch-hunt against Dr Wakefield and the propaganda shame campaign against Anti-Vaxxers is well orchestrated PR to do damage control for the producer of a known dodgy Urabe strain MMR vaccine that was proven to have caused meningitis and encephalopathy (brain damage that mimics autism) to a minority of children given the vaccine.
Dr. Wakefield stumbled upon and was ensnared by a conspiracy by officials in the UK government making shady deals to indemnify GlaxoSmithKline against any and ALL liability for their Urabe strain MMR vaccine. It had already caused problems in Canada (In early 1988, Canadian authorities suspended distribution of the Urabe-based MMR and eventually recalled the product.) GlaxoSmithKline refused to supply this strain without that indemnity because they knew it would cause injury... The UK could have gone with a more expensive but safer MMR produced by MERCK (which had it's own problems but it was safer than the GlaxoSmithKline Urabe strain MMR).
Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccines containing the Urabe strain of mumps were withdrawn in the United Kingdom in 1992 following demonstration of an increased risk of aseptic meningitis 15–35 days after vaccination.... (http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/165/6/704.full) And to lay the blame on Dr. Wakefield's shoulders for the psychopathic disregard for the life of children and their families on the part of UK government officials and GlaxoSmithKline is repugnant and odious beyond words...(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GlaxoSmithKline)
It is these conspirators who are to blame for the public's righteous lack of faith in vaccination... not the whistle blower... You would think the use of the Urabe strain MMR ended in 1992 right? Nope... even after this same strain caused damage in Canada and the UK... it was peddled in many 3rd world countries including Brazil. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10707922)