MMR Vaccine Errors

The outbreaks of measles in Swansea and other places is regrettable.

The government and the NHS authorities made major errors in their responses to people who were concerned about the triple mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) vaccine in the late 1990’s.

These errors included patronising the people who were concerned, refusing to provide single antigen measles vaccine, and appearing to conceal the fact that the original government plan in 1988 was to make available the single antigen measles vaccine to the children of parents who refused the MMR vaccine.

This apparent concealment appears hypocritical.

Now vaccinators are trying to catch up and it might prove more costly than offering single vaccines as originally planned.


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About Iain Robbe

I am a medical practitioner (MB, BS, 1980; MRCS, LRCP, 1980) registered with the General Medical Council of the United Kingdom. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic I have reactivated my licence to practise and I am providing telephone support to vulnerable elderly to assist them during the pandemic. I remain active as a Clinical Medical Educationist participating in a number of projects with the universities of St Mary’s and Dalhousie in Nova Scotia and Mount Allison in New Brunswick, inter alia, and separately with three of the veterinary schools in the UK. My focus is on teaching and research in professionalism, ethics, and communications, and particularly the influences of vernacular architecture on the creation of positive learning experiences in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. I have the degree of Master in Public Health from the University of London (1985) and the degree of Master in Medical Education with distinction from the University of Wales (2001). The guiding principles in my practices are based on andragogy and humanism, and the prime ethical principle of autonomy for the individual and in population health.

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