Children will not be allowed to start school without MMR jabs

Children will not be allowed to start school without MMR jabs

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May 11th, 2008, 7:39 am #1


http://education.guardian.co.uk/schools ... 78,00.html

Pupils 'must have MMR jab' to start classes


<FONT face=Geneva,Arial,sans-serif size=2>Rowan Walker
Sunday May 11, 2008
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<DIV id=GuardianArticleBody>Children will not be allowed to start school unless they have had the MMR jab under a 'Stalinist' Labour party proposal expected to be put forward this week. Primary schools will be forced to demand proof that pupils have had a full range of jabs, including measles, mumps and rubella, before allowing them to register.
The policy, reported in the Sunday Telegraph, is said to have been drawn up by <STRONG>Mary Creagh, the Labour MP in charge of the party's health manifesto for the next election</STRONG>. However, it caused an immediate row as the head of the British Medical Association labelled it 'Stalinist' and counter-productive.
<!-- This site/section combo is not set up to show MPU's -->Creagh will outline her plans this week in the Fabian Review, the quarterly magazine of the left-wing think-tank. She is said to be suggesting that the current NHS plan, which immunises toddlers against MMR, diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio, meningitis and pneumonia, would be expanded to include chicken pox, flu and winter vomiting virus.
In France, all children have the full set of jabs before they can go to school, but in the UK, where vaccination is left to parental discretion, only 85 per cent of children currently receive the MMR jab.
Although the idea was being floated this weekend, it is likely that Downing Street will shy away from it, given the historical controversy over the vaccination programme in Britain. Dr Hamish Meldrum, chairman of the BMA, said forcing parents to have children immunised was 'morally and ethically dubious' and would go 'beyond the nanny state to a police state'.&nbsp; "
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May 11th, 2008, 7:45 am #2


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<P class=first>Tough sanctions are being proposed for parents who refuse routine vaccinations, such as MMR.
In an article for the Fabian Society, <STRONG>leading public health expert Sir Sandy Macara called for child benefit to be linked with vaccination uptake. </STRONG>
And Labour MP Mary Creagh said children should have to prove they are vaccinated before they start school to improve uptake of MMR.
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Public confidence in vaccination, and in MMR particularly, fell after research raised the possibility that the jab may be linked to an increased risk of autism.
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The research has since been debunked, and a string of studies have concluded that the triple vaccine - which protects against rubella and mumps as well as measles - is perfectly safe.
But immunisation rates are still well below the 95% needed for herd immunity and are particularly low in London.
As a result there have been several outbreaks of measles.
'Blasé'
Sir Sandy Macara, ex-chairman of the British Medical Association, said in many developing countries immunisation rates were higher than in the UK even though they had poorer access to healthcare.
"People here have become a bit blasé and they worry more about rare possible risks of vaccination rather than the diseases they prevent.
"One ought to recognise that mothers have a responsibility for ensuring their children are protected."
He said linking vaccination to child benefit would ensure full vaccine coverage and make the argument that it was being done for the public good rather than for the benefit of individuals.
"Politicians are much more anxious than they would admit about 'nanny state' accusations but they should be more worried about being accused of negligence," he said.
Ms Creagh said proof of vaccination before school attendance had been used in the US.
"The MMR vaccination rate is at 85% and the target figure is 95% so it's about catching children who may have moved or lost contact with their health visitor but also saying to parents your child has a right to live free from vaccine preventable diseases."
She said there would be exceptions where children could not be vaccinated for<STRONG> medical </STRONG>or religious reasons.
"In lots of cities now they are offering catch up MMR for five-year olds and there's a high take-up - a lot of anxiety has gone away and it offers parents another opportunity."
But Jackie Fletcher of pressure group Jabs was against both proposals.
"It's only six months since a big public consultation by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics which we contributed to and they concluded there was no reason to change the voluntary system.
<STRONG>"At the same time as this was published in the UK there was a huge furore in the US as parents were threatened with hefty fines and jail unless they vaccinated their children before entry into school. </STRONG>
"Is this really the direction we want to go in," she said.
A spokesperson for the Department of Health said they wanted to see a continued improvement in the uptake of the MMR vaccine.
"Vaccination in this country is voluntary.
"PCTs need to identify what approaches will work best to meet the need of their communities in order to ensure that all children and at-risk groups can benefit from vaccines."
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May 11th, 2008, 7:59 am #3


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"...The gulf between the poor and rich of the world is widening. <STRONG>Within the UK, the financial gap between the wealthy and the poor is not narrowing and differences in health between social classes I and V are becoming greater (</STRONG><STRONG>Smith et al, 1990</STRONG><STRONG>). Poverty and social inequality have direct and indirect effects on the social, mental and physical well-being of an individual.</STRONG> It is important to note that <STRONG>poverty and inequality are closely linked</STRONG>. Wilkinson (1997) believed that income inequality produces psychosocial stress, which leads to deteriorating health and higher mortality over time. However, the association between income inequality and life expectancy is slowly disappearing and is no longer widely accepted. <STRONG>Those who live in deprived communities, where there is under-investment in the social and physical infrastructure, experience poor health, resulting in higher mortality for those of lower socio-economic class. The effects of income inequality also spill over into society, causing stress, frustration and family disruption, which then increase the rates of crime, homicide and violence..." </STRONG>
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May 11th, 2008, 8:23 am #6


http://www.wddty.com/03363800370656835628/mmr-major-mumps-outbreak-proves-the-vaccine-doesn-t-work.html

MMR: Major mumps outbreak proves the vaccine doesn’t work

<DIV><IMG hspace=3 src="http://www.wddty.com/03363800370656835628/vaccination.jpg" width=200 align=left vspace=3>At a time when health officials are quietly admitting that there could be a link between the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine and autism, a new study has also discovered that it doesn’t work.

<STRONG>Researchers investigating a large outbreak of mumps in 2006, when 6,584 cases were reported among college students, have discovered that virtually every sufferer had been vaccinated twice against the disease.
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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reveals that at least 84 per cent of young adults aged between 18 and 24 years had received two-dose vaccines against mumps.&nbsp; And in 2006 – when the outbreak occurred – the national two-dose coverage among adolescents reached 87 per cent, the highest in US history, and just one point below that needed for ‘herd immunity’.</DIV>
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CDC researchers speculate that the outbreak – primarily among 18- to 24-year-olds – was the result of the ‘wrong type of mumps’.&nbsp; The vaccine is supposed to protect against A-virus mumps, whereas the outbreak in 2006 was caused by the G-virus strain.

Despite its limitations, the CDC team reckons that all children need a third dose of MMR – even though the two-dose vaccine was introduced following a 1980 mumps outbreak among children who had received a single vaccine dose.&nbsp;

<STRONG>It may be a measure that will be hard to introduce at a time when health officials are accepting that the MMR vaccine can cause autism among children with a ‘mitochondrial disorder’.
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<STRONG>(Source: New England Journal of Medicine, 2008; 358: 1580-9). </STRONG></DIV>
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http://education.guardian.co.uk/schools/story/0,,2279378,00.html

Pupils 'must have MMR jab' to start classes


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Sunday May 11, 2008
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<DIV id=GuardianArticleBody>Children will not be allowed to start school unless they have had the MMR jab under a 'Stalinist' Labour party proposal expected to be put forward this week. Primary schools will be forced to demand proof that pupils have had a full range of jabs, including measles, mumps and rubella, before allowing them to register.
The policy, reported in the Sunday Telegraph, is said to have been drawn up by <STRONG>Mary Creagh, the Labour MP in charge of the party's health manifesto for the next election</STRONG>. However, it caused an immediate row as the head of the British Medical Association labelled it 'Stalinist' and counter-productive.
<!-- This site/section combo is not set up to show MPU's -->Creagh will outline her plans this week in the Fabian Review, the quarterly magazine of the left-wing think-tank. She is said to be suggesting that the current NHS plan, which immunises toddlers against MMR, diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio, meningitis and pneumonia, would be expanded to include chicken pox, flu and winter vomiting virus.
In France, all children have the full set of jabs before they can go to school, but in the UK, where vaccination is left to parental discretion, only 85 per cent of children currently receive the MMR jab.
Although the idea was being floated this weekend, it is likely that Downing Street will shy away from it, given the historical controversy over the vaccination programme in Britain. Dr Hamish Meldrum, chairman of the BMA, said forcing parents to have children immunised was 'morally and ethically dubious' and would go 'beyond the nanny state to a police state'.&nbsp; "
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<FONT face=Verdana size=1>In May 2000, and to their eternal credit, The Daily Express (UK) launched its campaign on behalf of vaccine damaged children, highlighting the difficulties in caring for the children, teenagers, and adults, (a small but growing percentage of people ) who had experienced adverse reactions to various vaccines over several decades of government vaccination campaigns, resulting in epilepsy, autism, brain damage, or other problems.
The principal demands for reform in the campaign being: </FONT>
<FONT face=Verdana color=#006666 size=1>1. A fair and flexible system of compensation, taking into account the needs of vaccine - damaged victims.
2. The 80% brain damage criteria should be abolished and a sliding scale introduced.
3. The six year legal time limit for making a claim should be abolished.
4. Funding of payments should be the responsibility of the government and the pharmaceutical industry.</FONT>
<FONT face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size=1>The Daily Express campaign also exposed the "Catch 22" situation that the relatives and carers of damaged children / people find themselves in, with relation to proper compensation, support, justice, or recognition from various previous or successive governments, political parties, and the pharmaceutical industry, who have consistently failed to secure proper legislation or an admission of liability, often repeating the phrase<FONT color=#006666> "there is no scientific evidence that proves that vaccines damage children"</FONT>, as I was told by my local M.P. This is also the legal liability stance of the pharmaceutical industry, leaving the victims and their families with the burden of proof of any damage caused by the vaccines.</FONT>

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<A name=history></A>In Express political editor and journalist Anthony Bevin's excellent article in the May 2000 edition of the paper, he charts the political / medical history of the UK Government vaccination campaigns and the series of events and hurdles that have conspired to cheat victims and their families of proper practical compensation, support or justice.Other articles throughout the campaign by journalists Lucy Johnston and Rachel Ellis reveal the American model of compensation where the government imposes a small tax on each bottle of vaccine and this revenue then goes into a substantial pool of compensation packages which are set out on a sliding scale, starting at £75,000 and rising to £4.7million. </FONT>

<FONT face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size=1>The Anthony Bevans article also revealed that in Britain, however, it's a completely different story, and that from 1951 when the vaccination campaigns began, there had been various inadequate proposals for compensation packages until 1979, when the then Labour Governments Social Services Secretary announced and enacted a payment scheme called, The 1979 Vaccine Damage Payments Act, which at the time paid a maximum of £10,000, the maximum level being in proven cases of 80% damage.These payments were increased to £20,000 in 1985, and then £30,000 in 1991, and £40,000 through the late 90's until December 2000. This one off ' interim ' payment may have appeared substantial to some people at the time, but when it is compared to a recent official study that calculated that the average cost of caring for someone with 80% damage would realistically be around £80,000 per year, it becomes apparent that this is like the proverbial ' drop in the ocean'.

<A name=1979></A>The original 1979 payment act was probably instigated by the publication of a Royal Commission report into civil liability and compensation for personal injury, and was chaired by a judge called Lord Pearson.
One of the points in the detailed report stated :</FONT>
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<FONT face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color=#006666 size=1>" There is a special case for paying compensation for vaccine damage where vaccination is recommended by a public authority and is undertaken to protect the community ".</FONT>
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<FONT face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size=1>The report also highlighted the crucial difference between an interim payment as in the 1979 payment act, and proper compensation, the difference being, to quote the 1979 Labour governments Social Services Secretary David Ennals, that the payment is designed :</FONT>
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<FONT face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color=#006666 size=1>" to provide a measure of financial support to people severely disabled as a result of vaccination, and to their families and others involved in looking after them". </FONT>
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<FONT face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size=1>This is not compensation, compensation should provide for the loss of a full life and the resources needed to care for that person throughout their life. </FONT>

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<FONT face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size=1><A name=pearson></A>On the subject of compensation the Pearson report said :</FONT>
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<FONT face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color=#006666 size=1>" Vaccination is recommended by the State for the benefit of the community, and where it causes injury, the State ought to provide compensation as part of the cost of providing protection for the community as a whole ". </FONT>
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<FONT face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size=1>One of the best statements I have heard, which has a very personal resonance to myself and my family and our experiences caring for a son with uncontrolled epilepsy over a period of 18 years. Lord Ashley, veteran campaigner for the disabled spoke of the right attitudes to support and compensation, during the the Second Reading debate on the Payments Bill, in February 1979. He said that vaccine damaged children were a special case because, like the war disabled, their injuries were suffered for the community.</FONT>
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<FONT face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color=#006666 size=1>" It is because they are wounded in the war against disease, a battle fought on behalf of the whole community, that this small group of children should be compensated."</FONT>
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<FONT face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size=1>he told the commons.

Lord Ashley also highlighted recommendations in the Pearson report for a change in the law, that would allow parents to sue for compensation. Another crucial point in the Pearson report was the fact that it is virtually impossible to prove that brain damage is caused as a direct result of a vaccination.
Lord Pearson wanted a change in the law so that parents could sue for damages on the basis, and I quote :
<FONT color=#006666>" on a balance of probabilities "</FONT> that the damage was linked to the vaccination. This was obviously too scary, truthful, and expensive a concept for the then Labour Government and the Exchequer to grasp, Social Secretary David Ennals response to the above recommendations were, that the matter would need,<FONT color=#006666> " detailed consideration "</FONT>, which would take time. Followed by the statement :</FONT>
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<FONT face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color=#006666 size=1>" In view of the urgent need to assist vaccine-damaged children and those who cared for them, we decided on a scheme to provide the payment of a lump sum."</FONT>
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But although there was an urgent need for assistance which is always welcome and helpful to the victims and their families, what was not said was that this ' interim ' payments scheme was a cheap third rate option in terms of offering real support and resolving the issue.
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<FONT face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size=1>The other crucial point is that this ' temporary ' payment scheme turned out to be in place for over 20 years, and has only been updated recently on the 27th June 2000 by the new Labour Government, mainly, I would suspect because of the attention and publicity that the matter attracted in the media, and pressure from other campaigners both inside and outside of politics.
So what happened to the honourable and necessary statements, concepts of compensation, changes in the law, justice and recommendations made by the Pearson report and Lord Ashley ?
ZERO, because three months after these statements were made The Conservative party won the election and Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister, and two months later in June 1979, she was asked by Labours minister for the disabled if she had considered the recommendations of the Pearson Commission.
Nothing was specifically mentioned about vaccine damage in her reply, but added :<FONT color=#006666> " My colleagues will be examining those aspects of this wide-ranging report for which they are responsible ."
</FONT>Patrick Jenkin, who at that time was a Conservative Cabinet minister, and Secretary of State for Social Services, and was responsible for questions on vaccine damage.
He was asked the very same question on the same day that had been asked of Margaret Thatcher earlier in the House of Commons, and his answer was,<FONT color=#006666> " With regard to vaccine damage, the special scheme introduced under the Vaccine Damage Payments Act 1979 is now in full operation. "</FONT> </FONT>

<FONT face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size=1>This roughly translated into plain English means that the Conservative Government had no intention of implementing changes in the law, any of the recommendations by The Pearson commission or Lord Ashley, or any immediate rises in lump sum payments, and with one deviously worded short sentence, the remaining ' Interim ' payment scheme became permanent, apart from a few inadequate pay rises, for the following twenty years or more. And the scheme appeared to be mysteriously converted into a questionable form of ' Compensation .'
This gave the victims and their families the dubious ' Honour ' of being betrayed by two British Governments, and two political parties in the space of a few months, which must be some sort of political record.
This left the families isolated, out on a limb, with no proper legislation, or compensation, financial independence or real empowerment. To their credit the new Labour Government updated the payment scheme on the 27th June 2000, improving some, but not all of the issues.</FONT>

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<FONT face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size=1>In June 2002 the UK legislation on vaccine damage compensation payments was finally changed, although some of the targets being campaigned for were not met in full. The current criteria for claiming compensation is</FONT>

<FONT face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size=1><FONT color=#006666>The claim must be made:</FONT></FONT>

<FONT face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color=#006666 size=1>On or before the vaccinated person's 21st birthday (or if the person has died, the date they would have reached age 21)

Within 6 years of the vaccination the claim is for
(whichever is later.)</FONT>

<FONT face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color=#006666 size=1>The percentage of disablement that is counted as severely disabled has changed from 80% to 60%.</FONT>

<FONT face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color=#006666 size=1>The payment scheme also places less onus on the requirement of absolute proof of vaccine damage, to one based on probability.</FONT>

<FONT face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size=1>The targets of the UK campaign which were not met in full included, compensation payments based on a sliding scale of disability from 1% to 80%.

If you receive a Vaccine Damage Payment can affect other benefits, such as:
Income Support
Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
Working Families' Tax Credit
Disabled Person's Tax Credit
Housing Benefit
Council Tax Benefit.</FONT>

<FONT face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size=1>Although these improvements will be welcomed by the families, they still fall far short of the American model of compensation in terms of proper legislation, rights, compensation, and the imposition of responsibility on the pharmaceutical industry by a tax payable on each bottle of vaccine.</FONT>

<FONT face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size=1><A name=author></A>One of my main motivations for writing this article would have to be, that I am a father who over the past 19 years has raised a son who used to have twenty epileptic seizures a day when he was younger, but thankfully who's condition has greatly improved, although he still has occasional uncontrolled seizures. And because of this, I have very hard experience of the dilemma's, vigilance, commitment, life threatening challenges, resources and energy that is needed to support a damaged child and have some insight into the difficulties faced by vaccine damaged victims and their families. Many I know for a fact, are in far more severe situations than my own.
Because of these experiences I am therefore compelled and obligated to challenge any Government, Political Party, or Exchequer, to do the right thing, and ' put their initiatives and money where their mouth is, ' make the pharmaceutical industry accountable and prioritise this priority of justice for vaccine damaged children and their families and resolve this issue that has been on Britain's doorstep for decades.
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<FONT face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color=#006666 size=1>JOHN JOHNSON</FONT>

<FONT face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size=1>14/10/2000</FONT>

<FONT face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size=1><A name=support></A>To view the Anthony Bevans Daily Express article on the political history of this subject please click on this
SUPPORT GROUPS.
Vaccine Victims Support Group, UK : tel: (44) 0121 243 7759.
Association of Parents of Vaccine Damaged Children UK, tel:(44) 01608 661595.
JABS ( UK, Justice, Awareness, Basic Support ), tel: (44) 01942 713565</FONT>
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Families win support for vaccine compensation claim <STRONG>C Dyer</STRONG> 

More than 100 families who blame their children's deaths or serious injuries on the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine have won legal aid to investigate a possible multimillion pound claim for compensation. At least eight British children who were given the vaccine since it was introduced in 1988 have died within days or months of being vaccinated. In one case, that of 3 year old Hannah Buxton, the official tribunal dealing with vaccine damage has held that the vaccine was to blame and awarded the parents pounds sterling 20 000 compensation.
Other children who were given the vaccine have been diagnosed as having a range of disorders, including brain damage, deafness, epilepsy, speech and communication problems, arthritis, and immunodeficiency diseases. Among the families hoping to sue are the Smiths of Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, whose son, James, was a healthy 4 1/2 year old before he was given the vaccine. He developed a high temperature, started having constant fits, and at 9 has the understanding of an 18 month old. He is paralysed down his right side, can walk only with support, and attends a special school.
In 1992 the Department of Health withdrew two of the three brands of the vaccine used in Britain after reports of "generally mild transient meningitis" caused by the mumps component. The two withdrawn brands, Immravax, made by Merieux UK, and Pluserix, made by SmithKline Beecham, contained a strain of mumps virus linked with a 1 in 11 000 risk of meningitis, according to the department. The third brand, MMR-II, manufactured by Merck Sharp and Dohme, used a different strain with a lower risk.
Claims may be launched against the Department of Health and the government's drug watchdog, the Committee on Safety of Medicines, as well as the manufacturers. The two law firms carrying out the research - Dawbarns of King's Lynn, Norfolk, and Freeth Cartwright Hunt Dickins, which is based in Nottingham - want to know why the vaccines were withdrawn two years earlier in Canada, why vaccines using that strain of virus were apparently never used in the US, and why all measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines have been banned in Japan.
Some 200 families whose children developed serious problems after being given measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine have contacted JABS, a self help group for parents. "The parents told similar stories - the same initial symptoms, such as high temperatures, rashes, and fits, and the same long term problems," said Jacqueline Fletcher, of Goldborne, near Warrington, Cheshire, who runs the group.
Her son, Robert, who is nearly 3, suffers from epilepsy, language and communication problems, and an immunoglobulin deficiency. "I was told by a consultant, who said he would deny it if asked, that the vaccine had caused measles, which led to encephalitis, which has caused Robert's epilepsy and speech and communication problems," she said.
Several children who share the same problems received vaccine from the same batch. Four children in different parts of Britain given vaccine from one batch have been diagnosed as autistic, while three given vaccine from another batch are epileptic.
Parents complain that they were never warned that the vaccination carried any risks. The Department of Health's leaflet describes the vaccine as preventing brain damage, blindness, and deafness and adds: "The risk of your child having serious side effects is extremely remote." A spokesperson for the department said that it would not comment on a pending legal action. Merck Sharp and Dohme said: "More than 150 million doses of MMR-II have been administered, establishing an unsurpassed record of safety and effectiveness." <SUP></SUP>
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The two withdrawn brands, Immravax, made by Merieux UK, and Pluserix, made by SmithKline Beecham, contained a strain of mumps virus linked with a 1 in 11 000 risk of meningitis, according to the department.
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