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Mmr : Safe or Not Safe

  • Date Submitted: 04/12/2013 11:24 AM
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MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccinations
What is the MMR vaccination?
The MMR vaccination is an immunization shot against the three diseases Measles, Mumps and Rubella. MMR was first developed by Maurice Hilleman in the late 1960’s.   The vaccine is a mixture of three live attenuated viruses, administered via injection. The shot is generally administered to children around the age of one year, with a second dose before starting school. The MMR vaccination contains a weakened version of the three diseases and once this is inside the body the antibodies can make the right antigen markers and therefore fight the foreign cells.
What is the controversy of the MMR vaccination?  
The MMR vaccination had speculated a lot of controversy during the years it was introduced to the public. In 1993 an article was posted by Dr. Andrew Wakefield, in a well respected journal, The Lancet. The article suggested that the combined vaccine of MMR was linked to bowel disease and autism thus causing great controversy, leading to more and more media coverage. Parents started refusing the vaccine for their children over concern that the risks were not worth it anymore, this could threaten disease control. But the question is, was Dr. Andrew Wakefield correct? 
How was Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s theory disapproved?
In order to test and see if Wakefield’s theory was correct or incorrect, between 1988 and 2001 organizations in the U.K. such as the Medical Research Council, the Medicine Control Agency, the Committee on Safety of Medicine and the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization conducted scientific reviews of its safety. After these reviews had been conducted by the bodies above, they concluded that there was no evidence to support any association between MMR vaccine and inflammation of the bowel and autism.
Is MMR safe? 
After the series reviews carried out by the bodies in the U.K. and the evidence that made the organizations say there was no link between MMR and...


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