23 June 2017

MMR - The Debate Contues


Over the last few years, parents of young children have been in turmoil over the MMR vaccination issue.

Whether or not they should allow their child to have the combined jab against mumps, measles and rubella has been the question which many parents have been agonising over.

Here Melissa Corkhill gives her viewpoint on the debate, and looks at some alternative options.

It is not surprising that some of us have doubts on what to believe about the research into the effects of the combined MMR jab, especially as some studies have linked it to autism and bowel disorders such as Crohn's disease.

Despite these findings, the Health Authority and most GPs seem only concerned with the fact that we should all have our children vaccinated. They appear unwilling to address any of the fears which are troubling parents and dismissing concerns due to (what they call) 'lack of scientific evidence'. Whilst parents are calling for more tests to be done, the Department of Health keeps issuing blunt statements that the vaccination is safe and that we should all take our kids to be inoculated. With all the media hype in the last year, to vaccinate or not is becoming an even tougher decision to make.

When the MMR vaccination was introduced in October 1988, there was an uptake rate of around 90%, until a report published in The Lancet in 1997 linked the triple jab with autism. At the time of writing the number of parents taking their children to have the jab in Brighton and Hove has fallen to 71%, considerably lower than the national average of 84%.

The uptake rate in East Sussex is around the national average, whilst West Sussex sees a slight increase on the average, to 87%. With figures so low in Brighton and Hove we are being warned of a possible measles epidemic. Indeed the World Health Organisation advises that in order to avoid an epidemic there should be a vaccination rate of 95% or above.

The main reason why the majority of parents are unwilling for their child to have the jab is the Department of Health's refusal to make single vaccinations available on the NHS. Vaccinating against the three diseases individually would mean that our children's immune systems would not have to deal with a triple dose containing the mumps, measles and rubella viruses.

Their bodies would have time to cope with each disease separately, thus building up an immunity more gradually. However, doctors fear that children will be at risk of any of the three diseases between vaccinations and because, unless all children have all three injections, they will not be properly immunised.

However, much to the relief of many parents, some doctors have courted controversy and offered MMR in three single vaccinations, on a private basis. These doctors can experience difficulty obtaining the single vaccines, and often advise parents to take children abroad to have the individual jabs.

Boosting Your Child's Immune System Naturally There is no doubt that parents always face real dilemmas when it comes to protecting their children's health. All parents want to do what is right by their children and ensure their health and wellbeing. That is a parent's responsibility. The MMR vaccination is a subject which requires a great deal of research and consideration before reaching a final decision.

If you have decided not to have your children vaccinated you can help to build their immune system naturally. Even if your kids have had their inoculations, these guidelines are useful for avoiding colds and flu and other grotty illnesses and generally boosting their immune systems:

1) Try and breastfeed your child for as long as possible. If you can, breastfeed exclusively for the first six months of your baby's life and eat a good diet yourself full of nutrients and preferably organic.

2) When weaning ensure that your baby's diet is rich in Vitamins A, C and E, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, selenium and zinc. Beta carotene is also important to enable their young bodies to break down Vitamin A.

3) Avoid processed or refined foods as much as possible. Use wholemeal bread and pasta and brown rice and grains which contain more nutrients.

4) During the winter when children are prone to infectious diseases, use echinacea tincture daily. Reports that this should not be used for long periods have recently been disproved.

5) Only use antibiotics when absolutely necessary and always give your child a course of probiotics after use to regulate gut bacteria.

6) Fresh air and exercise help boost your child's immune system.

If you would like more info on MMR, you may find the following websites and phone numbers useful.
Department of Health's website dealing with parents concerns about MMR vaccine.

NHS site with info on all children's immunisations.

British Medical Journal site with archive of past articles for in-depth research.

The Informed Parent
0208 861 1022

Vaccination Awareness Network is a charity service, offering information on all sides of the debate (but mainly anti-MMR) with details of single vaccine suppliers. Tel 0870 444 0894

Huge amounts of information from all sources on this reference site.


Our purpose in publishing this information on the MMR debate is not intended to influence your decision to vaccinate your child or not, but to help you exercise your right to choose, by giving you information from both sides, therefore enabling you to make an informed choice.

What is the MMR Vaccination?
The Mumps, Measles, and Rubella vaccination is an active immunising agent used to prevent infection by the measles, mumps, and rubella viruses. It works by causing the body to produce its own protection (antibodies) against the virus.

Mumps is an infection that can cause serious problems, such as encephalitis and meningitis, which affect the brain. In addition, adolescent boys and men are very susceptible to a condition called orchitis, which causes pain and swelling in the testicles and scrotum and, in rare cases, sterility. Also, mumps infection can cause spontaneous abortion in women during the first 3 months of pregnancy.

Measles is an infection that is easily spread from one person to another. Infection with measles can cause serious problems, such as stomach problems, pneumonia, ear infections, sinus problems, convulsions (seizures), brain damage, and possibly death. The risk of serious complications and death is greater for adults and infants than for children and teenagers.

Rubella (also known as German measles) is a serious infection that causes miscarriages, stillbirths, or birth defects in unborn babies when pregnant women get the disease. It is not so serious for young children who catch German measles and there are rarely any long term side effects.

this campaigning medical newsletter has published a special report What The Government Isn't Telling You About The MMR Vaccine. This publication contains in-depth medical explanations of the diseases, vaccines and side-effects, plus lots of information on how to find single vaccine suppliers, homoeopathic and alternative health advice and legal information.

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Thursday 21st March 2002
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Dr. Viera Scheibner is a retired research scientist who has been looking into the subject of vaccination for more than 10 years.
Dr. Scheibner will be lecturing on the dangers and ineffectiveness of vaccination, based on her thorough research of over 50,000 orthodox medical papers. She is also the author of books: "Vaccination - 100 years of orthodox research shows that vaccines represent a medical assault on the immune system" and "Behavioural problems in childhood - link to vaccination."

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