Leading GP offers single vaccines
A GP primary care adviser has
defied Government policy on MMR by offering patients who do not want the combined vaccine the single measles, mumps and rubella jabs.
Dr Peter Smith, chair of the National Association of Primary Care, has drafted in a private company Direct Health 2000 to give single vaccines following requests from parents who have lost faith in MMR.
Dr Smith, a GP in King-ston, Surrey, said MMR uptake in his area was more than 90 per cent but he felt obliged to offer single vaccines privately in his practice for infants who would otherwise be unprotected.
'It's purely a response to patient need,' he said.
'I don't want to administer a single dose vaccine; I approve of MMR. But I'm sure we would have done this anyway even if we hadn't met our targets.'
Dr Chaand Nagpaul, GPC representative on the BMA's committee for public health, said patients could think
the practice endorsed single vaccines.
He said: 'My concern is misrepresentation. It is a
sign that the practice endorses single doses.'