Archive for August, 2010

The MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) Vaccine

August 3, 2010

MMR is a vaccination given to provide immunity against measles, mumps and rubella. It has bounced around the British media since it was introduced in 1988 – sometimes positive, sometimes negative. To get a decent handle on why MMR became part of the national Immunisation schedule, it’s worthwhile knowing a bit about the diseases it provides immunity against. If you are like me, a thirty-something, then you probably aren’t aware of too many people whose lives have been affected negatively due to the complications associated with these diseases. Ask someone a generation or more back though, and you’ll no doubt find considerable heartache in stories which are now thankfully rare due to the introduction of MMR. Read the rest of this entry »

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Measles Since 1940

August 3, 2010

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) website has a page listing the number of cases of measles, and the number of deaths from the disease, in the UK from 1940 to the present. The single measles vaccine was available from 1968 and the triple MMR vaccine was available from 1988. The effect that the availability of these vaccines had can be seen by looking at the reductions in incidence (number of cases) of measles – and the reductions in deaths from measles – that followed the introductions of these vaccines against measles/MMR. Read the rest of this entry »

Anti-Vaccine Groups

August 3, 2010

There are several groups that have an anti-vaccine point of view. Generation Rescue and JABS (Justice, Awareness and Basic Support) are perhaps the best known of these. Anti-vaccine groups do not necessarily share the same viewpoint and the individual members of these groups may differ still further in their views on vaccines. Read the rest of this entry »

Evidence Primer #1 – Correlation, Causation, Coincidence

August 3, 2010

Since vaccines were first introduced, some people have been concerned about their safety. Most recent concerns in the UK have been around MMR and the HPV vaccines, with scare stories regularly featuring in the media. Often, these will feature parents who claim that their child became ill following a vaccine, blaming the vaccine for the illness.

Whilst in some very rare cases the vaccine may be responsible for the illness, in most cases it isn’t. The reason people claim there is a link is because of a fundamental misunderstanding of the concepts of Correlation, Causation and Coincidence. Read the rest of this entry »

Welcome!

August 3, 2010

Welcome to VaccineInfo.org.uk

This website is designed to give you the facts about vaccines, and equip you with the knowledge needed to make informed decisions about whether to vaccinate your children. It’s easy to get bombarded with facts, figures and opinions, so the most useful tool available is the ability to interpret that information and come to the best conclusions. With that in mind, we introduce a series of “Evidence Primers” – key concepts that will allow you to decide what information is relevant, what isn’t and how to interpret it.