Mother to Appeal MMR Verdict

One of the mother’s ordered to give her daughter the combined MMR jab in a High Court ruling has announced she is to challenge the judgment. The girl’s mother described the decision as ‘outrageous’ and suggested another ‘freedom’ had been eroded by the court’s actions.

Concerns exist that the three-in-one measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine may be linked to autism and bowel disease. However, doctors have dismissed these claims arguing that the bulk of scientific evidence proves it is safe and that a drop in vaccine rates could lead to a resurgence of the diseases.

The Lib Dems health spokesman, Dr Evan Harris, welcomed the High Court judgment arguing that on the rare occasions where parental disagreement exists, it is right the courts should decide the course of action based on the best interests of the children. Dr Harris stated. ‘There is clear evidence that the NHS is providing the most effective and safest vaccination. The MMR vaccination is more effective than the single vaccination in protecting children from serious childhood illnesses.’

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Press Release: Friday, 13th June 2003 (Lib Dems)

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MMR VACCINATION IS MOST EFFECTIVE PROTECTION FOR CHILDREN - HARRIS
Dr Evan Harris MP, Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary, commenting on the High Court ruling that two girls should be vaccinated against MMR despite parental disagreement, said:
"On the rare occasions that there is parental disagreement, it is right that the courts should decide based on the best interests of the children concerned.
"Parents should talk to their family doctor about the large amount of scientific evidence which shows that there is no link between the MMR vaccination and autism.
"There is clear evidence that the NHS is providing the most effective and safest vaccination. The MMR vaccination is more effective than the single vaccination in protecting children from serious childhood illnesses."

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