MMR vaccine

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The MMR vaccine is a combined vaccine to help immunise against measles, mumps and rubella (also known as German measles)[1].

These 3 infections are “common highly infectious conditions” which have a number of symptoms including “meningitis, swelling of the brain and deafness”[2].

In 1998 a paper was published in The Lancet by Dr Andrew Wakefield that suggested a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. The Lancet later withdrew this paper in 2004 after it became known that Dr Wakefield had “failed to declare a number of conflicting interests when submitting the paper” and there has been no link found since to suggest MMR has any effect on autism[3].

References

  1. http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/mmr-vaccine.aspx [Accessed 23 Oct. 2015]
  2. http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/mmr-vaccine.aspx [Accessed 23 Oct. 2015
  3. The doctor that sparked the MMR autism scare has had his work labelled 'unethical' - Health news - NHS Choices. [online] Available at: http://www.nhs.uk/news/2010/01January/Pages/MMR-vaccine-autism-scare-doctor.aspx [Accessed 23 Oct. 2015]
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