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MMR – What are the options

I have been against the MMR vaccination since before I had a child. Now I have a nine-month-old, the time is fast approaching where he is going to get that appointment letter through the door and I am terrified. I wasn’t given some of my childhood vaccinations due to seizures when one of my parents had them, so I knew there may be options – I never quite knew how hard it would be to find out what they would be.

I told my health visitor I was not against immunising him from MMR entirely, just against the 3in1 vaccination which is used in this country – my reasons are hardly scientific, but I can’t shake the bad feeling I have about it based on summaries of research I’ve seen – even as recent as February regarding mercury and the link to autism. I’m not going to profess to reading all of the medical research, I haven’t.

I’m not usually a conspiracy theorist, but I don’t believe that Dr Andrew Wakefield’s research should be totally discredited. In my previous position, I met a lot of parents of autistic children, I was told on more than one occasion that their child – particularly boys – had no problems with communication until they had this vaccination. The feeling of generally being unwell after injections that babies stayed longer and they were never quite the same afterwards. I’m quite cynical, but had pharmaceutical companies that pay corporate tax too much to lose in revenue and in lawsuits if Dr Wakefield were to be correct? My mother has worked for the NHS specifically in their field of Autism for 30 years and she has done nothing to stifle my fears, however, she will not give me an opinion. Simply advising me to do what I feel is right for my family.

Which is the bigger risk, I need to ask myself, that or the possibility of developing measles, mumps or rubella?

I have been investigating single dose injections like I’ve previously said, I’m not against him being vaccinated – I’m just not convinced about the combined one. When conducting my research, I discovered JABS. Jabs is a support group for parents who believe their children have suffered severe harm or have died following childhood vaccinations and is probably the most useful site I have found. It is quite horrific how the NHS lead you to believe that immunisation is the law and you must do it their way. They have a helpful section on single injections and where they can be obtained. Within this section, they state

JABS believes that the MMR vaccine should be suspended and parents should have a right under the NHS system to request the single component vaccines.”

Just wow. From their site, I found that I can obtain the single measles vaccine privately, which also contains no mercury.  Unfortunately, there are no mumps and rubella single injections available in the UK – the injections do exist – but the company that is licenced to do so in the UK is not manufacturing it. I dispair…. so there are choices one way, but then they block you off at the other.

Has anyone successfully navigated their way through this minefield of wanting a choice for MMR?


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    April 4, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    The only thing I can say to you regarding Mumps is that I had three vaccinations against it. One as a baby, one as a young child (year 4?) and one as a teenager when there was an epidemic in our area. This didn’t stop me getting mumps at the age of 18. A truly horrible two week period of pain and a boring two weeks of isolation that followed as I wasn’t allowed to leave the house for fear of spreading it. My opinion? Why run the risk when I had a 0.01% chance (according to my GP when he diagnosed me) of contracting mumps yet I still did. (Also I was never in direct contact with anybody who had mumps, which again you’d think would lessen the chance of me contracting it) The three illnesses is protects against, although nasty, are unlikely to kill you in this day and age. And you’d also hope without the vaccination he’d be covered by herd immunity.

    Just my opinion and I haven’t done any research or made a decision regarding vaccinating my own child.

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      April 4, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      Thanks, Nic. I’ve been afraid of saying anything public for a while… but there is doubt against how safe this combined vaccine is. Pure and simple!

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    Devon Mama
    April 4, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    It’s interesting because it’s not something I’ve really thought of before. I don’t think there’s enough education to parents around options, it’s just a given. My take on vaccinations is that children should definitely have them. It puts me off that you can’t get them all separately in the UK, it’s appalling that they hold back a parents ability to make those choices for themselves and the inability to get certain ones is what would push me in the direction of the 3 in 1 vaccine. Interesting topic, I’d love to hear more about it and actually do some research properly!

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    May 7, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    I totally get why you were probably a bit weary of posting this, it’s the same reason I haven’t really spoken about how I feel about jabs and in particular the MMR. I found a lot of the research out there is not straight forward to understand and that’s almost done on purpose I think. You’re lead to believe that you don’t have a choice when it comes to jabs because honestly the fear of the worst happening often outweighs your child having the jab. I know I have the choice over whether I choose to vaccinate MY child. Sorry, this has turned a bit rambly. We chose not to vaccinate Max with the MMR and we will do the same with Kai. We also decided against vaccination Kai with the new Men b jab.

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      May 7, 2017 at 7:10 pm

      Great to know someone out there feels the same way as I do. I’ve had people be OK to my face but I’ve seen them having differing opinions elsewhere! We’ll be getting the dreaded appointment next month!

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