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Parents regaining confidence in MMR vaccine
28 November 2012
Senior Lecturer at the Centre, Dr Helen Bedford, is quoted by BBC News.
The latest figures for uptake of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine show that 91% of two year old children in England have received the vaccine. This is the first time since 1998 that MMR vaccine rates have been higher than 90%. In 1998 a publication in the Lancet, which was widely interpreted as suggesting MMR vaccine was linked with autism and bowel disease, led to widespread media coverage and speculation about the safety of this vaccine. Many parents who were justifiably concerned, decided not to accept the vaccine for their children. Rates fell to a low of 78% overall but in many districts, particularly in inner London, rates were as low as 50%. We are continuing to see the results of this, with large outbreaks of measles once again in England.
The original study which triggered these concerns has been discredited and retracted by the Lancet. Evidence from at least 13 sound epidemiological studies shows no link between MMR vaccine and bowel disease. However, there are still many older children who missed out on MMR vaccine when they were young and who remain at risk of these infections. Measles, mumps and rubella are all potentially serious infections which can be more severe in adulthood and so it is vital that parents are reminded of the importance of vaccinating their children. Because measles in particular is highly infectious, two doses of the vaccine are needed and there is no upper age limit for having this vaccine.
The goal is to eliminate these three infections altogether, this requires us to reach and maintain vaccine uptake figures of 95%. The latest figures suggests this goal is within sight which would be very good news for our children’s health.
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