Just wondering if anyone would recommend the MMR Jab. Our 14 month old son is due this injection. We have had conflicting info on this; our GP saying all previous concerns have been ruled out by research. While family are advising us to have separate jabs. The NHS as a whole say it is safe. We don't mind paying is the 3 separate jabs are safer. Would the NHS opiion be biased? What does everyone think? Many thanks
My dd had the MMR jabs privately as we use a private paediatrician in the Portland Hospital. He strongly recommended the MMR jabs and we discussed safety at lenght. My understanding is no jab (not just MMR) is 100% safe however the diseases against which you vaccinate can have horrendous consequences if you are unlucky. We were also advised that for an older baby, who has had several jabs, to always give Calpol half a hour in advance (same applies to children and adults). The reason is that there body tends to respond a lot stronger and hence greater risk of developing fever/pain etc. I did feel nervous about her having the jabs (we also had additional ones, like for chickenpox as our paediatrician follows what he refers to as the 'American approach'), have not had any side effects and at least I can rest assured that we have protected her as well as possible. I feel quite different about the swine flu jab though given what seems a very rushed approach to introduce it without proper testing (at least in the UK).
I remember reading a magazine interview with a lady who had 6 autistic children, all of whom had had the MMR jab. Her eldest who had not had the MMR jab was not autistic. Unfortunately you can't find out if your child is susceptible until too late. It also seems strange to me that the govt pay out vaccine damages to children who suffer after-effects if the jab is as completely harmless as claimed. It also seems morally wrong to pay GP's on the basis of no of children jabbed, so they are hardly impartial on the subject.
If you can afford the singles then eliminate the very minute possibility of nasty side effects of MMR by opting for single jabs. However, as it's been said before, MMR is totally safe for a vast majority of children....
There's nothing wrong with having the single jabs. Except for the time delay between getting the first and the last jab leaves your ds open to whichever he disease he hasn't been immunised against. Also, it is far more likely that you would miss (one of the three) appointments due to being away, not feeling well on the day etc. all this leaves your ds unprotected for longer.
I really wish people would try to understand something. Look, can you imagine if I told you dairy and gluten triggered autism? Can you imagine the Daily Mail headline? 'Bread Causes Autism' and the reverberation around the country as bread and milk sales dropped, cows went out of business, etc.
But actually, there is growing and accepted research that dairy and gluten can trigger autism in children with leaky guts. Specialists have no problem advising these children to avoid gluten and dairy. But to view milk and bread as dangerous and child damaging is laughable. Large scale epidemiological studies could not possibly prove bread or milk causes autism. Why can't people see that MMR is the same? Safe for the vast majority, but more research needed for a very small percentage of the population.