11/04/2010 at 13:04
My daugher has recently turned a year old and is due to have her combined MMR vaccine next month. However her father and I feel that it is safer for her to have the vaccinations seperately. Firstly because we feel that it is a lot to have in one injection, secondly because of the autism link. We know of two or three people who's children have become autistic after having the combined MMR jab. And thirdly it never did us any harm to have them seperately.
Although finding a private clinic who do the jabs seperately is no problem nowhere seems to have the mumps vaccine for the foreseeable future. I do not waht to leave my daughter vulnerable to illness or disease in any way but on the other hand I have many nagging doubts about the combined MMR.
Should I wait or should I let her have the combined MMR? I don't know which way to turn. The nurse I spoke to at my doctor's surgery wasn't very helpful. She reufsed to discuss the matter with me and just said "you'll have to sort that out for yourself."
Any advice would be appreciated
11/04/2010 at 17:09
when my son had it, he fell ill (fever, vomiting ...) for at least 1 week. but i still think it is worth it in his later life.
i had mumps when i'm 6. still remember i had swollen face and didnt get well till very long time. very suffering.... had to go hosp... been a chinese, they believe they have to write 'tiger - in chinese' on my face!! so got the word, dun know for how long.....
in singapore, they have 6 in 1 (MMR plus others)!! is even worse, right?
if u prefer to have it individual, then go for it.
11/04/2010 at 22:02
There is no link to autism with the combine jab. The actual study was done on just 12 boys who were already on the autistic scale - hence why the study was discredited.
Read this BBC link - it may help.
Not sure about your friends' kids - may unfortunately just be a horrible coincidence. I can also say that I have seen many kids be placed on to the autistic spectrum from age 5 right through to 12 , some having had the jab and some had not, - so it could be that the signs only surface after the jab if you 'see' a link.
At the end of the day read up on what can happen to your child if they get M, M or R vs having the jab.
Its scary I know - I am just making up my mind whether to give my daughter the swine flu jab or not - being a parent is just not easy!
11/04/2010 at 23:41
Completely agree with Tricia.There is no link with autism.It's an unfortunate coincidence.
There was a study published in 2004 which claimed a link between the MMR jab and autism.It was made by apparently well respected doctors so it made a big impression.However,the GMC spent over 2 years investigating this report,and found it to be based on biased unreliable research.Most of the doctors who contributed to the report have since withdrawn their claims as they've been proven to be wrong.It all in court a couple of months ago,they were saying the doctor who published it was likely to be struck off for the damage he's caused,don't know what came of that.
Autism is genetic.You don't become autistic you're born with it.In most cases symptoms don't become apparent until around a year to 18 months,which coincides with the MMR jab,and is why some people think the jab caused it.I have two boys on the autistic spectrum.There are varying degrees of autism,it's not all like Rainman,it's not always that obvious.I had an aunt who was autistic too.Various members of my family have autistic behaviour to some degree.The MMR didn't exist when most of them were babies.The autism is genetic.It's not always been diagnosed with older generations,it's not always obvious.My sons were normal happy babies,the differences became apparent as toddlers,but not because they had a jab.I also have four daughters who had the MMR and are fine.
After the jab your baby may feel unwell,have a fever,be grumpy.I'd much rather get that over with in one go.If you have one jab,then go back a couple of weeks later for another,then a third you're dragging it out for you and baby,and by that age they know what's going on when they're getting a jab.
It's a worry,but the doctors wouldn't give the jab unless it was safe
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