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Are MMR refuseniks getting a free ride?

5th June 2009

Writing in The Telegraph, Melanie McDonagh suggests unvaccinated children should not be admitted to state schools.


In the 21st century, the chances are that we won’t get measles and even if we did, it is unlikely to kill us.

The measles vaccine has resolved that and now it’s even parcelled up with mumps and rubella in a triple vaccine.

While recent research should put the scare about a link between MMR vaccine and autism to rest, thousands of parents are leaving their children unvaccinated.

One in four children in England and Wales has not had the MMR jab, though it is unclear how many have had paid for single-dose vaccinations.

Former BMA chairman Sir Sandy Macara suggests children should be compulsorily immunised if they are to receive state education as is the case in the US, Spain and Greece.

Welsh health secretary Edwina Hart, faced with 253 cases of measles in Wales, is thinking along the same lines.

I like the idea, mostly because I find it irritating that having been one of the parents who had their children jabbed to give enough “herd immunity” cover, the school gate divas think their children can now remain unjabbed and safe from measles.

Our children take whatever risk is going, so as to make it possible for other mothers to indulge their unscientific prejudices over an illness that ought to be history.

When you tell such parents it’s unsafe not to have their children vaccinated, they shrug but they would care if their children were barred from the local nursery.


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Title: Are MMR refuseniks getting a free ride?
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 11661
Date Added: 5th Jun 2009


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