Wednesday, January 07, 2004
After the drama ‘Hear The Silence’ was screened in December, Paul Foot took a swipe at people like Evan Harris MP who in the follow-up discussion defended the safety of MMR Vaccination. The drama was criticised in the British Medical Journal by Michael Fitzpatrick, who summarised his views in Spiked Online. Fitzpatrick is the parent of an autistic child and a strong critic of the anti-MMR campaign.
A report in Bandolier summarises the experience in Finland where a whole-scale MMR innoculation programme from the 1980s resulted in the effective elimination of measles and mumps, and the parallel tracking of possible side-effects such as autism indicated no connection whatever with (at least this) MMR vaccine.