The LibDems are wrong to say that MMR is the only safe option. There is nothing wrong with the single measles jab, and its licence lapsed for administrative reasons, not because of concerns over safety or efficacy.
It is the preferred option, and the only one available on NHS. If parents have £400 to spend on single vaccines rather than using the free MMR jab, then that is their choice. The important thing is that children receive a vaccine with a measles component. If parents won't give them MMR, then it is clearly better, for both individual child and the herd, that they are vaccinated by a method parents find acceptable.
I don't think that parents are right to shun MMR. But if they are set on that, I'd rather see children vaccinated singly than being unvaccinated.
There is of course the added risk that the parent, while doing what they think best and filling the pockets of the private clinic, may choose to vaccinate only against the disease which they think is important, and not against diseases which they consider unimportant.
in any case - the story is hitting the fan just about now, with the clinic investigated "by the authorities" and the clinic claiming they were "merely responding to parental fears", while fuelling them on their own website with false claims. Talk about digging while in the hole...
In the section on MMR - they quote - "Dr Walker in the USA has studied 275 autistic children and found in a large percentage of the cases that these children had the live Measles virus living in their gut after vaccination with the triple MMR .You can see more about this on the Daily Mail online."
So their point of reference for parents wanting more information on the MMR is the Daily Mail, not the NHS or your local GP, or even the department of health, but the Daily Mail.