Archive for the 'Vaccines' Category

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 »


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 »