Forum for reporting adverse reactions to MMR Vaccine.
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Vaccines (MMR) Vaccine adverse reactions.
On January 13, 2001, the British Medical Journal published a survey of doctor’s and nurse’s attitudes toward booster doses. One-third of the nurses believe that MMR is “very likely or possibly” associated with Crohn’s disease, and 27 percent believe it is linked to autism. Fifty-one percent of all U.K. doctors and nurses had reservations about or disagreed with the policy of giving a booster shot. And 80 percent of all U.K. doctors would not “unequivocally recommend” the second dose to a wavering parent.
How safe is the MMR vaccine?
The drug company that makes the MMR vaccine publishes an extensive list of warnings, contraindications, and adverse reactions associated with this triple shot. These may be found on the vaccine package inserts (available from any doctor giving MMR) and in the Physician’s Desk Reference (PDR) located in the reference section of the library.(6) In addition, medical and scientific literature contains considerable documentation implicating the MMR vaccine in a multitude of serious and fatal reactions. Because MMR was initially administered as three separate shots, rarely at the same time, early reports of adverse consequences could be attributed to a particular vaccine. Later, when the three-in-one MMR vaccine replaced the individual vaccines, it became much more difficult to link a bad reaction to either the measles, mumps, or rubella portion of the shot. Nevertheless, the following afflictions have been reported subsequent to the individual or combined vaccines: neurologic disorders, seizure disorders, learning disabilities, encephalitis, subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (demyelination of the nerve sheaths), Guillain-Barré syndrome (paralysis), muscle incoordination, autism, deafness, optic neuritis (including partial or total blindness), fever, headache, joint pain, arthritis (acute and chronic), transverse myelitis, thrombocytopenia (blood clotting disorders and spontaneous bleeding), anaphylaxis (severe allergic reactions), inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, meningitis, diabetes, immune system disorders, and death (Figure 1).(7,8)
On September 2, 2001, a survey conducted in the United Kingdom indicated that a majority of parents want a public inquiry into MMR safety and its possible link to autism.(9) But the U.K. government refuses to publicly air scientific arguments. According to one outraged citizen, “Of course there should be a public inquiry since no parent should be forced to give chemicals to their children. A verdict of ‘there is nothing to suggest MMR is unsafe’ is not the same as ‘MMR is safe.’”(10) Another concerned parent believes that “the refusal to hold an inquiry indicates something to hide. I love my son more than anything in the world. They’re going to have to come up with a bit more in the way of factual reassurance [than] sneering references to the ‘chattering classes.’”(11) Others believe that “the government long ago lost all credibility on safety issues,” and that authorities should “stop treating very able adults with real concerns as idiots.”(12) An Irish parent, whose son became autistic after his MMR injections, ruefully notes that the British government appears to be involved in a cover-up. Yet, to another U.K. citizen, the solution is simple: “Let the people who understand matters give us arguments to help us decide.”(13)
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