Friday, March 04, 2005

Parents need have no more fears about the triple vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella

Vaccines can protect whole populations from potentially dangerous diseases. Because vaccines are usually given to healthy people, especially children, any concern about the safety of vaccines has to be taken very seriously.

There have been widely publicized claims of connection between MMR vaccine and autism. An article in newscientist is dealing with the claim that MMR vaccine is responsible for the apparent rise in autism in recent years.

A study of more than 30.000 children i Japan shows that the number of children with autism continued to rise after the MMR vaccine was replaced with single vaccines.

Another study from Ã…rhus University (Denmark)/SSI dealing with 537.303 children, 82% got the vaccine and 700 children became autistic.

The conclusion is no connexion between MMR vaccine and autism.

Many parents have panicked after it was claimed that MMR might trigger autism.
The proportion of children receiving both doses of the MMR vaccine has dropped to the lowest in several years.

Now parents need to fear more if they are not giving their children the triple vaccine against MMR, than if they do.

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