Posts Tagged ‘Ben Goldacre’

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 »