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MMR is safe says Doctors

27 Jun 06

Thirty leading paediatricians and childhood vaccination experts have warned that continued doubts about the safety of MMR will cost lives.
In an open letter, they plead for the media and health professionals to stop raising doubts about a vaccine they say science has shown to be safe.

The measles, mumps and rubella vaccine was linked to autism in a Lancet paper.
The 1998 paper has since been discredited, but immunisation rates have dropped in recent years.

To provide protection for the whole community the rate must be 95%. However, last year it was 83% for the UK.
This has led to fears that children in the UK are vulnerable to a mass outbreak of measles.
The lead author of the original paper, Dr Andrew Wakefield, is the subject of a General Medical Council investigation.
A Department of Health spokesperson welcomed the doctors' intervention.

"It is extremely important that parents protect their children from these preventable diseases. MMR is the safest and most effective vaccine.

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