While there are issues with the MMR vaccine; as parent in the US there is almost no choice as to whether to receive the MMR shot. You simply cannot attend a school (public or private) without record of the shot. I’m looking for a case where failure to vaccinate lead to state action against the parents, as I recall there was a case like that in the news a while back.
For the record, I do not buy the link between autism and the MMR vaccination, per se. I am much more concerned by the possibility that the possibiity that thimerosal is a factor. The news today is that the MMR scare in Britian may lead to a measles epidemic.
The long-running controversy over the MMR vaccination turned unexpectedly into an extraordinary public battle of words yesterday between two doctors responsible for the research paper which began the scare five years ago. Andrew Wakefield and Simon Murch, both gastroenterologists at the Royal Free medical school in London, have taken very different paths since their paper was published in the Lancet in February 1998.
Dr Wakefield continued public backing for his hypothesis that the MMR triple jab could be responsible for rising rates of autism among children has made him a hero to many parents seeking a reason for their children’s distressing condition, but rendered him virtually a pariah to most of the medical establishment.
In contrast, Dr Murch and his team have kept a low profile.
All that changed yesterday, however, when Dr Murch published a strongly worded letter in the Lancet stating that there was no evidence of a link and warning of the likelihood of a measles epidemic because of the low rate of vaccination, which is down to 61% in some parts of London.