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6 in 1 for toddlers to increase uptake??? Doubt it.

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Strix Mon 22-Nov-10 15:32:56

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-11809967

So, because they have a problem getting parent to sign up to M M and R all being in one jab, they are going to add three more (couple types of meningitis and pneumonia) and that is going to in crease the uptake hmm.

I think it means people who are opposed to the MMR are now not going to get the other three jabs either.

Idiots.

I oppose the MMR and am pregnant with DC3, who will now not get the meningitis and pneumonia either. (although I'm not sure that's really a problem. I think my first two missed this jab and are fine so not sure I really care)

nickypomtimes Mon 22-Nov-10 15:37:31

Madness.

I am very pro vax (for my own family) but this will really put people who are already concerned right off.

Sidge Mon 22-Nov-10 15:54:07

We already do it for some families.

It's more for those that are renowned poor attenders and IME little to do with pushing the MMR.

We have some families that are abysmal at returning for jabs and boosters, so may well come for the 12m jab and then forget to come back for the 13m ones. We are able to offer them all 3 on one visit to make it easier for them.

Strix you misunderstand the imms schedule I think - they are just planning to offer the 12 and 13 month imms all together in one visit, rather than the 2 visits that are offered at the moment. The actual vaccines on offer haven't changed, just the spacing of them.

Those that don't want the MMR won't have it, regardless of scheduling, and just because you attend for the scheduled imms doesn't mean you have to have all of them. A parent could choose to give their child the Hib/Men C and pneumococcal booster without giving them the MMR. We only give what is consented for, and as they are spread over 3 imms you can choose which ones you do and don't want your child to have.

oricella Mon 22-Nov-10 16:04:46

Worth reading the official letter "...the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation recommended that vaccines currently given at 12 and 13 months of age (MMR, PCV 13 and Hib/MenC) should be given at the same visit, between 12 and 13 months of age (i.e. within a month after their first birthday) to simplify the routine childhood immunisation schedule. "

Bad headlining from BBC to talk about a 'six-in-one' jab... and maybe Government is underestimating how emotive a subject it is

BUT, you can still get the other vaccinations, even if you don't want MMR; it is not a case of all or nothing. PCV and Hib/MenC have dramatically really reduced cases of meningitis.. and as a parent of a DD who survived meningitis I can only think that's a Very Good Thing... No need to be scaremongering along with the BBC, OP

Strix Mon 22-Nov-10 16:38:23

Ah, I did think (from the "6 in 1" title) that all vax were in one jab. Apologies for believing the BBC.

But, I do think people will avoid the appointment because they are fed up having the MMR pushed on them. This is not the case with me. But, I think it will be with others.

Sidge Mon 22-Nov-10 17:05:29

I agree the "6-in-1" wording is highly misleading. The BBC should know better.

I may actually write to them and complain!

<goes off to find soapbox>

Galena Mon 22-Nov-10 21:54:41

I was offered the 12 and 13 month jabs for DD at the same time, however she was a bit under the weather that day so she had some and then returned a month later for the MMR.

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