Mum’s plea: ‘Don’t miss MMR’ jab

17 Nov

The past couple of weeks has seen a lot of stories on vaccines again here at Left Brain/Right Brain. We’d all like to move along, but stories like “Mum’s plea: ‘Don’t miss MMR’ jab” just point out some of the real dangers involved, the real risks taken, when people don’t vaccinate.

Yes, there are people who can not vaccinate. Those of us who can vaccinate owe those people whatever protection we can offer.

She said confusion over the research by Dr Andrew Wakefield in the 1990s, which suggested the jabs could cause autism and bowel cancer, had convinced her not to allow her child to be inoculated.

However the 15-year-old was left in intensive care after being struck down with mumps.

His mother, who asked not to be named, said : “The doctor said to me it that if he didn’t have the MMR he would probably be okay because there would never be an epidemic.

There are a number of themes that come up repeatedly in discussions of vaccination online. Yes, Andrew Wakefield’s research has frightened (and continues to frighten) parents away from vaccination. Yes, there are doctors and parents counting on herd immunity to protect children (think Dr. Sears). Yes, these diseases are still dangerous, even in the developed world (for another example, read the story And another SSPE case: Angelina is dying and So predictable – so sad, Natalie dies of SSPE)

read the rest (it is relatively short) here.

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4 Responses to “Mum’s plea: ‘Don’t miss MMR’ jab”

  1. Chris November 18, 2011 at 03:51 #

    I see one person in the comments is pulling a Meryl Dorey and insisting on medical records, using the “blame the victim” gambit. Truly disgusting.

    • Sullivan November 18, 2011 at 06:48 #

      I agree, truly disgusting.

  2. Fossil Outlet December 6, 2011 at 17:07 #

    I have a 3 year old and I am doing research on whether to do the MMR Vaccine or not, any suggestions ?

  3. Chris December 6, 2011 at 17:36 #

    Get off the internet and consult your child’s pediatrician or family doctor.

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