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Parents trust GP advice on MMR

Parents see GPs as the most trustworthy source of advice on the pros and cons of MMR vaccination, according to Government-funded research.

Some parents believed the Government was trying to 'cover up' the alleged link between MMR and autism to save money and avoid offering single vaccines on the NHS.

The Department of Health was seen as the key source of official national advice but parents stressed the role of GPs in providing individual advice about MMR

Findings of the study, which surveyed 148 people about their perception of public health risks, were published on the department website.

Study leader Professor

Judith Petts, deputy director of the Centre for Environmental Research and Training at the University of Birmingham, said Asian mothers had problems accessing information because of poor relationships with their GP.

She said: 'People favour multiple information dissemination methods. However, the Asian community appears isolated from its GPs.'

As officials try to calm fears on thiomersal in vaccines, experts query how information is given to parents ­ Brian Kelly reports

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