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MMR jab worries... how do i go about getting single jabs for DD?

(38 Posts)
OhWhatAPalaver Wed 16-Jan-13 18:31:35

having read this article just now... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-kirby/post2468343_b_2468343.html

i am now really worried about letting DD have her MMR jab, she has just turned one and it is due very soon. does anyone know how i can go about getting her singular jabs? do you have to go private or can you get them on the nhs?

thanks in advance.

maxmillie Thu 17-Jan-13 09:34:56

Merck stopped making the Mumps vaccine because they were financially incentivised to do so by the DoH, just out of interest.

babySophieRose Thu 17-Jan-13 10:33:07

The article is not very convincing, everyone could write and say as they wish, freedom of speech, etc. Do not believe everything you read in the press. Check some more reliable sources.

noblegiraffe Thu 17-Jan-13 10:59:19

max, so Merck, massive international pharmaceutical company and major supplier to the US vaccine market stopped making a vaccine because our Department of Health, which is strapped for cash at the best of times, paid them to not make a vaccine they don't licence and don't use? I might need to see some evidence before believing that one.

maxmillie Thu 17-Jan-13 11:31:00

I didn't say they paid them I said they financially incentivised them. Not that I am going to prove this to you on a public internet forum of course.

noblegiraffe Thu 17-Jan-13 11:47:27

Why would you make a claim that you are unwilling to provide evidence for and expect anyone to take you seriously?

Ozfrazror Thu 17-Jan-13 12:46:58

Hey everyone who is for some reason 'appalled/astounded' by my instincts comment. Was just saying that I felt unhappy about getting the mmr so instead of ignoring my worry I got single jabs for my own peace of mind.

Doesn't bother me who can't understand that. At the end of the day I wanted a choice and I chose against the mmr.

I can't understand people who argue that it's dangerous and to look at the dangers of measles before rejecting the mmr. I took the trouble to arrange and pay for a measles vaccination that probably most of us had as youngsters before the mmr so where's the danger in that?

It's an emotive topic and people have two definite sides of the fence. I'm not being drawn into anything cos it was my choice, I was just answering the op who wanted to know about single jabs.

At the end of the day, all kids vaccinated are hopefully protected so who cares what way people choose to do it!

rockinhippy Thu 17-Jan-13 12:58:52

I've a far bigger issue with those that don't vaccinate - we know several hmm I really don't see why the issue with those of us who feel that the MMR is not for us/our DCs & choose single jabs, gets some peoples people's backs up so muchconfused - it just makes more sense not to overload a sickly DCs immune system with a multi jab, if you can do one jab at a time

& FWIW the MMR isn't fail safe either - my cousins then 6yr old grandson ended up in hospital when his measles spread to his brain & had some learning difficulties as a direct result - he DID have the MMR

maxmillie Thu 17-Jan-13 13:05:09

I don't give a monkeys whether anyone takes me seriously or not - just prompting the OP to do their own research and come to their own conclusions - and to not necessarily be reassured by the usual flannel about Andrew Wakefield being struck off so it must be fine - it may well be but, as someone who has knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry, I wouldn't rule out other agendas.

Reading Ben Goldacre's comments about the MMR debacle - I think what is conclusive was the fact that the scientific basis that Andrew Wakefield used in his paper was flawed. The conclusion he comes to is that even if the scientific basis was solid, there is no way that you can take evidence from 12 children and draw conclusions as to the reason for their autism.

ShephardsDelight Thu 17-Jan-13 13:20:12

I did this, depending on where you live there is one in Leeds? ,
you usually have to pay beforehand and its pretty steep to say the least.

noblegiraffe Thu 17-Jan-13 14:51:12

I've worked in the pharmaceutical industry, I'm well aware of their agenda, and the UK represents such a piffling market share of vaccine consumption that I doubt the Dept of Heath could strong-arm a multinational pharmaceutical company into halting worldwide production of anything.

OhWhatAPalaver Thu 17-Jan-13 16:23:11

thank you all for the replies, i know its a hot topic. i have unfortunately come to the conclusion that even if i wanted DD to have single jabs, we simply couldn't afford it, its the fact that i feel i don't have a choice that saddens me sad i know the risk of anything going wrong with the mmr is incredibly tiny but that doesn't stop me worrying. DD has had very minor symptoms after previous vaccines, such as mild fever and being generally irritable and cranky. i am hoping she is robust enough to handle the jabs well.

rockinhippy Thu 17-Jan-13 23:00:56

ohwhat just to reassure you, my own DD was seriously ill & ended up in hospital after her 10 week multi jab, we could have last her - I found out later that it was a known if rare complication of that particular jab, hence why I was taking no chances with the MMR - sounds like your own DD has had quite a normal reaction to her earlier jabs, so I doubt very much you have anything to worry about at all,

but yes you are right, it's wrong that we don't have a choice unless we can pay for it - though something you might want to look into if it still exists, 9 yr ago when we were looking into it, there was a charity based in the bath area offering single jabs for free or help with the cost for those that couldn't afford it, I've no idea if its still going, but certainly worth trying to find out - sorry I can't remember more

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