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has anyone given two MMR doses within a few months?
I heard about this in another bit of London to where I live. Asked the nurse in my practice, she thought it might be because of people needing to catch up when they had failed ot have their babies vaccinated first time round. seems a really odd thing to do, why would you vaccinate and then have the booster a couple of months later?
I'm in Hackney where there has been a measles outbreak going on for months and they are not advocating two in two months here.
You should all understand what vaccination is, it puts a tiny amount of the disease into the body so that the immune system learns it and can then deal with it should it ever come across the real thing. That is why your child will 'react' to the vaccination, it is just the body responding to the first taste of the disease. If 5% of children are not vaccinated in an area then it makes the liklihood of the disease far more likely, that is why your practice are so concerned. If you think your childrens' responses to vaccination are unpleasant then just you wait until you nurse a child with the real thing. We are not just thinking about a mumps type illness or a bit under the weather for a few days. Measles is a horrible nasty disease that will have you worried sick for 2 or 3 weeks, not least because you will not know whether your child will become blind, deaf, damaged or even worse, Measles is deadly and none of you should ignore that fact. It is ridiculous to even think that your GPs are motivated by money for vaccination, they have probably seen what measles can do.
The only 'standard' reason for doing this is if the original vaccination has been given before 12 months (in which case its counted as unlikely to have worked). Now they often give MMR at 13 months it is slightly less reliable than when it is given at 15 months plus. They may feel that therefore a booster is needed (wild guess at logic).
I had measles as a child and my mother did not worry herself sick - despite being deaf in one ear herself from measles. I now she didn't worry herself that much as she is quite happy with ds2 and ds3 not having had MMR and being at risk from measles. Once I'd got over the nasty few days (I do remember retching and feeling pretty grotty) I was sent to play with my friend who was also in quarantine - in her case because of whooping cough.
Not to say that measles can't be nasty, but no need to overstate it.
My concern is that the large scale study that relieved our fears about the link between MMR and autism - I presume was based on having the triple vaccine at 12-18 months then at 3 years old. How can the recommendations to give a booster so close to the original vaccine be evidence based if the studies have not done this?