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Let GPs lead the measles fightback

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To put the record straight because there seems to be a great deal of misconceptions about the MMR controversy: the problems with MMR vaccines started from the first week of the new MMR campaign in 1988. The vaccine policy-makers knew before the launch that 2 of the 3 brands carried a risk of meningitis and the third brand was linked with neurological complications. One of the first children vaccinated started with severe convulsions and subsequently died during a seizure. This child was one of a number of children awarded Government recognition of vaccine-damage through vaccine damage payments. The vaccine policy-makers were advised by the H.P.A. that the adverse event reporting system needed to be urgently improved because there was a serious under-reporting of side effects and yet failed to investigate thoroughly 1200 children when their details were provided. When the parents of these children called for an investigation and for single dose vaccines to be made available to safeguard other children the vaccine policy-makers removed the single dose vaccines from the national vaccination programme. There was also an attempt to remove the licence from the importers of vaccines for private clinics just for the single measles, mumps and rubella components. And now, when we are told there is an outbreak of measles, there is no let-up by the vaccine policy-makers; they continue to spend huge amounts of tax-payers' money to press home their MMR or nothing policy when the simple solution would be to re-instate the single dose vaccines ordered from the same companies currently supplying MMR for the UK market. Do you think the vaccine policy-makers have acted in children's best interests?

Posted date

08 May 2013

Posted time

6:25pm

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